AWARDS TO YOUNG MUSICIANS
Would you like some money towards your music-making?
- Are you in Year 11, 12 or 13?
- Do you play an orchestral instrument (including saxophone and recorder) or sing, to a standard equivalent to Grade 7 or above?
- Do you attend school / live in the Abingdon/Didcot/Wantage/Wallingford area?
If the answer is YES to all the above, then the Frances Kitching Trust for Young Musicians may be able to help YOU!
Many congratulations to Athalie, playing violin and viola, who has been awarded the Frances Kitching Trophy 2017. She impressed the adjudicators with her wonderful enthusiasm for Music as well as her highly accomplished playing. She plans to use her prize money towards attending a music summer school.
Congratulations must also go to Oliver for achieving the Frances Kitching Special Vocal Award 2017. He entertained us with his jazz vocal programme and impressed the adjudicators with his wide range and clear passion for music. He is planning to put his prize money towards further singing lessons.
Additional prizes were also awarded to Natasha (trombone) and Bethan (voice). We were treated to a wonderful concert in March by these talented young musicians and wish them the very best for their future music-making.
Five prizes and grants were awarded to local young musicians in 2016 and we were treated to their accomplished performances in an afternoon concert at St Nicolas’ Church.
Many congratulations to overall winner, Claire Waters, who aims to continue playing in orchestras, studying the solo viola repertore, and singing in choirs.
Seven prizes and grants were awarded to local young musicians in 2015 and we were treated to their accomplished performances in an afternoon concert at St Nicolas’ Church on 14thMarch.
Many congratulations to Leon, violinist, who has been awarded the overall Frances Kitching Trophy 2015. He impressed the adjudicators with his accomplished playing across a varied programme of Bach, Grieg and William Alwyn. He has already used his prize money towards purchasing a new bow.
Sarah was awarded the Special Vocal Award 2015 – we were delighted to see her return to the competition after securing a grant last year towards singing lessons and witness the developments she has made throughout the year.
Bethan: Overall WInner of the Frances Kitching Trophy 2014
Bethan, violinist, was awarded the Frances Kitching Trophy 2014. She gave a highly accomplished performance of movements from Bruch and Barber Violin Concertos and the adjudicators were particularly impressed by her clear passion for the music. We were delighted to invite Bethan to perform the Bruch 2nd movement with the Abingdon Community Orchestra in December 2014 - in a slightly unusual arrangement featuring saxophones and harp!
The Frances Kitching Trust
Registered Charity 259127
Director: Helen Eccleston
The Frances Kitching Trust is administered by
Abingdon Music Centre Trust
Registered Charity 301818
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