Young musicians in the Ribble Valley are being given the chance to compete for a share of a £16,000 prize pot to help them in their careers.
Organisers of Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary competition, which runs every two years, have extended their catchment area to a 20-mile radius of the main venue in Colne, which means singers and instrumentalists from Clitheroe, Whalley, Ribchester, Longridge and the Bowland villages will now qualify.
The bursary provides funding towards tuition, instruments and courses to help students pursue a career in music, and is open to entrants aged 17 to 21 who live in the catchment area. The money is allocated according to the students’ needs for funding as they arise.
The four 2014 finalists are currently sharing more than £14,000 in prize money, now increased to £16,000 for 2016.
Cellist Ruth Hallows, winner in 2014, said: “It’s a really fantastic opportunity for local young musicians to showcase their skills in great performance venues. The bursary itself has opened so many doors for me, both in the local area and across the UK.
“It has allowed me to study with incredible cellists as well as furthering my studies abroad. It has been a huge support and I am truly grateful.”
Entries are open now until November 21st, and the selection process continues with the opening concert at The Muni, Colne, on March 13th, 2016, and a closed adjudicated round at The ACE Centre, Nelson, on July 2nd, 2016. The grand finale is at The Muni, Colne, on October 9th, 2016.
For details of how to apply, see www.pymb.co.uk and find Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary on Facebook.