19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Entries are now open for the prestigious Bursary Competition 2019

Canterbury Festival Bursary Competition in its 9th year


The Canterbury Festival Foundation supports exceptionally talented young musicians in East Kent, helping them to pursue their musical training through its annual bursary of £2,000, the opportunity to perform at the Canterbury Festival and be a music ambassador to children & young people in Kent.

 The Bursary Competition has grown in popularity every year since its inception in 2011, and each year, showcases the outstanding talent of Kent’s young musicians.

2018 Bursary winner Timon Staehler commented “Winning the Bursary Prize has been truly uplifting. I enjoyed every step of the experience, from the audition process to the finalists’ concert. The bursary is extremely generous. It gave me the opportunity to enrol in international master classes. I also travelled to Prague & Germany to compete in an international chamber music competition.  I highly recommend entering the 2019 competition!”

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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.

Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend auditions (taking place at Kent College on Thursday 27th June from 4pm-8pm.)

 From the auditions, four Junior musicians (12 – 14 years) and six Senior musicians (15-18) will win the opportunity to perform in a special Canterbury Festival concert. The six Seniors (15 – 18 years) will also be eligible to compete for the cash prize of £2000 and become our young musician of the year.

The Made in Kent strand of Canterbury Festival is kindly supported by the Arts Council, Kent County Council, Kent Community Foundation and Canterbury Christ Church University.

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