Pendle Young Musicians' Bursary Now Open

Entries are now open to the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary competition which will see finalists get a share of the £18,000 prize fund.

Five young musicians competed for a share of £16,000 prize money in the final of the 2016 Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary competition.

First prize went to pianist Henry Cash, aged 17, from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who is studying under Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, Manchester, playing Haydn’s Piano Sonata in D Major and the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No 2 in B Flat Minor.

Leeds College of Music student Ross Munro, 18, from Trawden, Lancashire, was placed second playing blues and jazz guitar solos and his own piano composition ‘Study in Scarlet’, inspired by Sherlock Holmes stories. He was also presented with the Sutton Award for his performance.

Other finalists were Eleanor Tomlinson, 18, who is studying recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire, trumpeter Luke Dempsey, 21, who is studying in Norway, and violinist Max Salata-Barnett, 19, who is studying at the University of Manchester.

Applicants must be:

- Aged 17 to 21 years (on the grand final date of 30th June 2018)
- All who live within a 30 mile radius of The Colne Muni, Albert Road, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0AE
- All applications must be received before the closing date of 1st December 2017

Full set of rules and guidelines can be downloaded here.

If you think you are elegible to apply for funding, then please visit to fill in the online application form. 

About the bursary

The Pendle Young Musicians Bursary was set up in 2012 to give young musicians a chance of gaining substantial funding to help them continue their musical studies. The bursary is going into it's fourth competition and in 2018 the prize fund available will be £18,000.

The bursary competition takes place every two years, and runs over a course of rounds in the form of a video entry followed by two live performances.

Since the first competition in 2012, the bursary has been continuously growing - expanding it's range to include surrounding cities, but whilst still encouraging the local musicians that are at the core of the bursary's foundation.
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