Last week the Talent Programme held the fourth round of our Career Development Bursaries with the help from our fantastic team of specialists. Our panellists for this round were Pasha Mansurov, principle flute of London Contemporary Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia and London Firebird Orchestra, Neil Pearson, Artists’ Development and Programming Manager at English Folk Dance and Song Society and Roger Redgate, composer and professor at Goldsmiths University.
The panel had a range of very strong applications from a wide of music genres to select from, and the overall mix of artists chosen for the award were representative of the quality and variety of the overall field.
Panellist Pasha Mansurov said: “I was very surprised by the high standard of all applicants and I feel that the whole panel and I have made difficult but ultimately good decisions about the winners. I am also glad that Help Musicians UK exists, especially in these times when only music and art can help keep inner and outer peace”.
Panellist Neil Pearson said: “The awards will make a genuine difference to the recipients in their career and professional development, and I look forward to following the careers of the artists and will take genuine pride in seeing them flourish with the knowledge that they were supported by this award early in the early stages of their professional adventure”
We are pleased to award 14 bursaries totalling £13,640 and to support projects and opportunities which will help those selected progress with their careers as professional musicians. Once again, the projects presented to us are all really exciting and represent a diverse mix of musicians and genre from countertenor to composer and folk to experimental.
Folk artist Greg Russell (pictured) was awarded a bursary for a three day creative song writing residential with celebrated UK folk singers and songwriters. Greg will use his residency to create new work, focusing on exploring the history and role of protest song, delving into and writing responses to protest songs from around the world.
Countertenor, Rupert Enticknap, has been awarded a bursary to go towards Russian language lessons in preparation for his debut at the Opera National de Paris as Lel in Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden'.
DJ and music producer. Samantha Togni, will be completing further training in sound design, production, mixing and mastering, putting these skills into practice when she releases her EP in 2017. On acknowledging her award she wrote: “This is such amazing news. Thank you so much for choosing to help me to achieve my dreams!”
You can find out more about our award holders for round 5 below:
Jihung Chang - Flute
Marc Charles Montesinos - Violin
Steven Daverson - Composer
Nathan James Dearden - Composer
Kamilla Dunstan - Mezzo Soprano
Lillie Harris - Composer
Clara Perez Sedano - Oboe and Cor Anglais
Greg Russell - Vocal Guitar Bouzouki English Concertina
Donal Sarsfield - Composer/Writer
Samantha Togni - Electronic Music Producer
Stephen Upshaw - Viola
Joseph Houston - Piano
Rupert Enticknap - Countertenor
Ruth Hopkins - Soprano/Director, Composer and Arranger
Our Career Development Bursaries are now closed for new applications but we have exciting plans for round 5 later on in the year. 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.