20 October 2018 - 3 November 2018


Bursary Competition 2016 Credit Tim Stubbings 1

Judges (left to right): David Burridge, Susan Wanless and David Allinson. Performers (left to right): Orla Garner, Niamh O'Shea, Megan Rutherford, Emmanuel Webb, Ellen Pearson (winner) and Alexandra McLanaghan



The Canterbury Festival Foundation Bursary Competition grows in popularity each year since its inception in 2011, and 2017 was a most impressive year, showcasing the outstanding talent of Kent’s young musicians.

The competition exists to support excellence in talented young musicians across Kent, and has two categories. The Junior category offers professional performance experience for musicians aged 12-14, and the Senior musicians aged 15-18 are eligible to compete for a cash bursary of £2000 which they can put towards new instruments, tuition, courses or international trips.

The winner, announced each year at the annual Bursary concert as part of the main Canterbury Festival programme, also becomes the Festival’s Ambassador for the Arts, developing skills in leading workshops alongside performing in various Festival events throughout the year.

All Finalists will be given the opportunity to work with the Festival towards their Arts Award Bronze or Silver, a nationally-recognised qualification documenting their experience and progression within the arts.

The 2017 winner is marimba player Harriet Tubb, a student at Cobham Hall School. She will be working closely with the Festival throughout the year, and using the bursary prize to further her tuition and experience.

The competition is now open to applicants. Simply download the form via the link below, and return to the Festival office before Friday 1st June. Alternatively email the application to charlotte@canterburyfestival.co.uk





THE BURSARY BLOG - Posts from Previous Winners

2017 Winner - Harriet Tubb (Marimba)

2016 Winner - Ellen Pearson (voice)

2016 Finalists: Orla Garner (flute), Niamh O'Shea (viola), Megan Rutherford (voice), Emmanuel Webb (violin) and Alexandra McLanaghan (flute)

2015 Winner - Emily Hopper (harp) 

2015 Finalists: Elizabeth Letley (voice), Hannah Parry (recorder), Lucy Crooks (marimba), Natasha Williams (flute) and Tom Wu (tuba)

2014 Winners - Sabrina Curwen (voice) and Jessica Meakin (violin)

Finalists: Jack Greenslade (piano), Anastasiya Nizalova (piano), Niamh O'Shea (violin) and James Pooley (trumpet)

2013 Winner - Matt Roberts (cello)

Finalists: Emily Collinson (voice), Hannah Parry (violin), James Pooley (trumpet), Niamh O'Shea (violin), Rebecca Allen (voice)

2012 Winner - Summer Alp (recorder)

Finalists: Hannah Parry (recorder), Jessica Meakin (violin), George Needham (piano), Ana Vandepeer (violin), Helen Sotillo (voice) 

2011 Winner - Caitlin Shaugnessy (violin)