Caitlin Shaughnessy, local girl and music scholar at Kent
College, was announced as the unanimous winner of the inaugural
Canterbury Festival Foundation Bursary Competition. Judges
selected from a very talented array of finalists - Jessica Meakin,
Emily Rowland, Danielle O'Neill, Arran Hope, Georgina Lambert and
Kirsty O'Neill - who all performed at the Shirley Hall, King's
School, on Monday 24 October.
Caitlin, a violinist, accompanied by Eleni Keventsidou, played a
virtuosic Danse Espagnole by Manuel de Falla with
exquisite technique and panache. The judges, Carmel Kaine,
Professor John Irving, and David Burridge, all agreed she played
with impressive technical skill and artistic maturity.
The £2,000 award from the Festival Foundation was this year
supported by the Sunley Foundation and the prize was presented on
the night by Mrs Fiona Sunley. This was the very first major
bursary from the charity which exists to support the long term
future of the Canterbury Festival, as well as investing in young
musicians in Kent.
From 1 February other local young musicians are invited to
apply, through their schools or music teachers, for a place in next
year's final which will take place during the Canterbury Festival
in October 2012. For details please contact the Canterbury
Festival office on 01227 452853.