A single woman who died alone, possibly by her own hand, in a flat near Brent Cross, London, left £925,000 to Arts Council England to be spent specifically on classical music. Diana Kurzman died ten years ago, aged 59, after suffering from mental illness. She was an only child and it has taken a decade to settle her bequest due to what the lawyers call ‘special circumstances’.
What was not in doubt was her love and gratitude to the music that accompanied her through her life. She left the money to ACE ‘to be used at its discretion for the benefit of orchestras and the performance of chamber music and opera”. The ACE has shared it out between Music in the Round (Sheffield), Orchestras Live and Aldeburgh Music.
Windsor Court, where Diana Kurzman died