The Lucille Graham Trust was established in 1992 by concert agent Professor Norman McCann FRAM and named after his late wife. During his life Professor McCann put together a vast collection of letters and documents, photographs and engravings, postcards, ephemera, recordings and recording equipment, 19th-century opera playbills, memorabilia, musical quotations, sheet music, scores, recordings and books. The Collection is particularly strong in autographed images of historic singers, conductors and composers as well as a large archive of concert, opera and ballet programmes from the late-19th and 20th centuries. The McCann Collection was donated to the Royal Academy of Music and is now part of the Academy’s York Gate Collections.

Norman McCann’s house in Sydenham, south-east London, was bequeathed to the Trust and sold on his death in 1999, with the monies raised invested into the Lucille Graham Trust. For 10 years the larger part of the Trust’s income went towards supporting the job of cataloguing, digitising and conserving this major collection of musical memorabilia and ephemera. Five McCann Research Fellowships were also funded in order that the importance of the Collection became more widely known.

Having discharged its responsibility towards the McCann Collection, in the past few years the Trust has, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, set up a widely advertised annual Lucille Graham Opera Fellowship. The Trust is now able to provide small grants to assist organisations in their worthwhile work of musical education, research and outreach work.