The results are in and Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Postgraduate Awards.
After auditioning 137 students across 9 days, HMUK awarded a record breaking 91 awards this year totalling £209,000. 66% of students who auditioned received between £1,000 and £5,000, the average award being £2,297. The students auditioned in front of eminent experts within their field including principal trumpet of BBC Symphony Orchestra Alan Thomas, internationally acclaimed clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE and multiple award winner jazz vocalist Ian Shaw.
Ron Corp OBE, Chair of Postgraduate Awards said “It’s a privilege to listen to so many talented young performers. The standard is exceptionally high and I am very aware that HMUK can only support a certain number of those who audition. Our panels look for those with talent, a sense of direction in their aspirations and that certain ‘something’ which sets them apart from their peers and indicates that they could have a successful career.”
Bex Ransom, Creative Programme Officer at HMUK said “The fees associated to studying at postgraduate level are increasing year on year, as are the costs in sustaining a living whilst at college. HMUK is really pleased to be able to support a record breaking 91 students studying at conservatoires across the country from a range of disciplines from voice through to jazz violin! Many students teach, perform and take on additional work during their studies to help fund them during this time. Our funding relieves the financial pressure of course fees and living costs and in doing so gives students the flexibility to immerse themselves in student and musical life. We are thrilled to welcome this new cohort and follow their progress over the coming year and their future career aspirations upon graduation.”
Cellist Jack Bailey had this to say about his experience “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award. As an aspiring cellist from Australia, my ability to undertake postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music is entirely contingent on the incredibly generous support of wonderful organisations like Help Musicians UK. I am so humbled and grateful to join such an illustrious list of past recipients.”
Soprano Caroline Taylor said “Receiving a Postgraduate Award from Help Musicians UK allowed me to complete my Master’s at the RNCM, encompassing everything from contemporary opera to historical performance projects; and I am honoured to have received a 2018 Maidment Award for my final PGDip year. I can’t imagine any other career than that of a singer and musician - and this funding is helping me every step of the way. Thank you!”
Major Award holders this year are:
Jack Bailey, cello - Ian Fleming Award
Arisa Onoda, piano - Myra Hess Award
Daniel Hart, piano - Harrison Award
Bacem Anas Romdhani, violin - Parikian Award
Charlotte Bowden, soprano - Ian Fleming Award
Caroline Taylor, soprano - Maidment Award
Hugo Herman Wilson, baritone - Maidment Award
Chrisni Mendis, soprano - Ian Fleming Award
Elliot Gresty, clarinet - Ian Fleming Award
Sirius Kei Chau, flute - Ian Fleming Award
Meera Maharaj, flute - Ian Fleming Award
The Creative Team are now in the process of planning our Ian Fleming Musical Theatre and Sybil Tutton Opera Awards where HMUK hopes to help many more students with the costs of further study.
Congratulations to everyone who received an award this year and a big thank you to everyone who came along and auditioned.