Celebrating outstanding talent through Career Development Bursaries

This month the Creative Programme Team held our 5th round of Career Development Bursaries. The panellists for this round were conductor, Alice Farnham, composer and Director of Club Inégales and The Institute of Composing, Peter Wiegold and Director of Karousel Music, Chris Sheehan.

Chris Sheehan wrote: “It was a privilege as ever to be involved in the Career Development Bursary panel. If there’s one thing I’ve come to love about Help Musicians UK, it’s the support they’re providing for new music across all genres. We heard a cross section of artists from classical to folk, indie to jazz, and most of what’s in between.

Some I’d heard of on the grapevine, some were wonderful new discoveries; all were very well deserving of support. It’s so crucial that those who weave the soundtracks to our lives are given the support at these key points of their careers, and I’m very happy to have been able to play a tiny part in that. I can’t wait to hear what they all come back with!”

We are pleased to award 20 Career Development Bursaries, totalling £21,697 once again supporting a real mix of genres.

Nwando EbizieNwando Ebizie (pictured) was awarded a bursary for Intensive vocal training with opera singer Ignacio Jarquin focussing on technique, vocal improvisation, composition, voice colouring and self-assessment. She said: “It is vital for my performance ability and my longevity as an artist to consolidate my past training with a strong technical base from a recognised and respected practitioner.”

Harpist Tsvetelina Likova was awarded her bursary to attend the Dutch Dutch Harp Festival and the Jazz Harp Academy in Utrecht to focus on improvisation techniques and Jazz theory. She said “You cannot believe how happy you made me and how grateful I am to you! You helped such a big dream of mine to become a reality! I cannot wait now to go to the Jazz Harp Academy and Dutch Harp Festival.”

Jack SheenConductor Jack Sheen (pictured) was awarded his bursary for Travel costs in order to assist the conductor and curator Ilan Volkov during projects with Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Tectonics Festival (Glasgow). His bursary will also go towards assisting the conductor and composer Richard Baker for a project with Bit20 in Bergen, Norway.  

Tom Green - Trombone
Alba Cabral - Percussion / Voice
Marmen Quartet - Strings
Richard Miller - Composer & Conductor
Chris Beagles - Horn
Natalie Burch - Piano
Emily Dickens - Soprano
Lauren Doss-Mechanical Bride - Composer / Songwriter
Anna Drysdale - Natural Horn
Nwando Ebizie - Singer / Producer 
Megan Henderson - Violin & Composition 
Elischa Kaminer Composer
Tsvetelina Likova - Harp
Soosan Lolavar - Composer
Richard McReynolds - Composer
Maz O’Connor - Singer / Songwriter
Raphaela Papadakis - Soprano
Jack Sheen - Conductor
Felicity Turner - Mezzo Soprano
Silences - Singer/ Songwriter and Guitar

We will be announcing details of our first round for 2017 very soon. To be the first to know about all of our funding schemes and opportunities, please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter.




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