The Lund Fund

Love for Music

Look through these photographs of jazz musicians in full swing, and you might imagine they came from the performance archive of a celebrated Soho venue such as Ronnie Scott’s or Pizza Express, Dean Street – not an independent school in Hampstead. 

But, as an accomplished jazz pianist, David Lund’s standing with British and American performers enabled him to bring Adelaide Hall, Humphrey Lyttelton, Annie Ross and Benny Waters, amongst many other celebrated artists, to perform at University College School’s 250-seat theatre.

From 1974 to 1999, their Thursday evening concerts delighted audiences drawn from the UCS community and the general public, and gave invaluable technical experience to the UCS pupils who made up the control box crew.

Lund's Trio

As David modestly told local newspaper The Hampstead & Highgate Express in 1981: “I suppose I have just been lucky in having some contacts in the jazz world because it has enabled us… to get the public coming in and, also, I really want to expose the boys here to some very good music. It’s wonderful to see how they react the first time they hear it.

“The concerts also teach the boys how to mount a show. They do the lighting and the sound, and we have got a very professional standard now.”

Help us tell the story of david's life

Do you also have fond memories of David or your time at UCS? Send us photos, videos, written pieces, music, etc.



Every penny, pound or gift you donate helps young people in a number of ways.

Lund Fund donations directly support the delivery of artist-led workshops in the most deprived neighbourhoods across London and the UK.  Your donations work in many ways including the following:

  • £50 enables Eastside to offer a bursary to a student on one of our films and digital media courses, supporting travel, childcare or other costs that may be a barrier to participation
  • £250 enables a school to join Eastside Online, our digital platform giving free access to schools across the country to high quality creative educational videos, lesson plans and live-streamed artist-led workshops for students and teachers.
  • £1000 enables us to run spoken word poetry workshops for schools that have never had access to artist lead creative learning opportunities
  • £10,000 enables 5 schools to have a fully subsidised place on our Creative Schools programme, a long term whole school artist in residence initiative engaging up to 900 students and upskilling the whole teaching team in creative learning
  • £50,000 enables us to run a year-long development programme for up to 60 diverse young aspirant filmmakers drawn from the most deprived communities, giving them the tools and platform to create the films that matter to them and a pathway to enter the industry.


In addition, Eastside uses the Lund Fund as vital match funding to help us leverage much bigger grants from trusts and foundations thereby helping us scale up our creativity to offer to young people across the country and beyond.


Dave Lund’s generous legacy gift has already created a truly significant impact on thousands of young lives across the country.

For example, in 2019, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Eastside bid to the Arts Council England to run a national spoken-word poetry project reaching the most disadvantaged young people across the country and beyond.  The Lund Fund gift, offered as match funding in the bid, unlocked £110,000 of funding from the Arts Council to make this incredible project a reality.  Over 3,100 young participants from 82 schools across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, France, Spain and Nigeria took part to generate 1100 new spoken word poems which can be found in the wonderful I know I wish I will book

Watch the I know I wish I will trailer here, find out more about the whole project here.

Eastside is proud to have committed a further £10,000 of Lund Fund resource as match funding in a bid to secure 3 more years of precious funding from the Arts Council England (value £310,000) to extend our incredible spoken word work with young people across the nation in a new project entitled WORD POWER due to start Autumn 2021. 

Watch this space for further updates.

For all of these remarkable achievements, we say ‘Thanks a million Dave! ‘

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Thank you for creating a memory/testimonial of David Lund on the Lund Fund Webpage ( ) – this will help keep David’s memory alive and benefit thousands of young people as we raise much needed funding to enrich their lives through art and culture. 

  1. Set up a Zoom meeting on your computer ensuring the video and audio are switched on (alternatively you can record a short film on your smartphone but make sure to film in landscape, with your phone on its side to get the right format)
  2. Press record and leave your own testimonial, sharing your personal memories of David Lund (please take your time, using the prompt questions below especially answering questions 1 and 2, and don’t worry if you make mistakes – we will be able to edit the films if need be)
  3. Email the film files to and we will upload the films onto our web pages. If you’d rather email a written testimonial that’s fine too. 

Prompt Questions 

  1. What is your name?
  2. What years were you at UCS / How did you know Dave Lund if you are not a former student?
  3. What do you remember of David Lund?
  4. Did he have any influence on your life? If so how?
  5. Do you have one or two treasured memories or anecdotes you would like to share? Do you have anything you would like to say about the Lund Fund?

Thank you so much for your support.

Matt Lane

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