19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Bursary Competition Results 2017

Festival Foundation's Young Musicians' Bursary Scheme


On the 30 October, sixteen year old, Rochester based, Marimba player Harriet Tubb was selected as the winner of the Canterbury Festival’s Young Musicians’ Bursary Competition 2017. Her performance of Odessa by Matthew Lorrick was highly commended by the judges for its technical difficulty and depth of expression.

She was selected from a very talented group of finalists – Thomas Nettle (Cello), Orla Garner (Flute), Timon Staehler (Piano) and Holly Smith (Voice). The competition took place at St Gregory’s Centre for Music at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The panel of judges was chaired by David Burridge (Education Director of Big Reveal) alongside David Allinson (Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University) and Alastair Hume (Founder member of the King’s Singers). 

In addition to the senior finalists, three junior musicians (selected at auditions held in June) opened the second half of the concert. Maya Moh (Violin), Becky-Ellice Creighton (Voice), Gabriel Webb (Cello) and Siena Barr (Clarinet) all played with maturity well beyond their years.

David Burridge, Eduction Director of Big Reveal, stated that 'This year’s Canterbury Festival Bursary Competition was an electrifying event giving remarkable young performers an important platform to perform to a discerning audience in the St Gregory’s Arts Centre. For the adjudicating team it was extremely difficult to decide on the winner because the finalists were so closely matched this year. Finally we decided that Harriet had given the most musically satisfying performance of the evening. She has a great talent  and will be a  worthy ambassador for the Canterbury Festival'.

Harriet received a £2,000 award which was presented on the night by the Canterbury Festival Foundation’s Chairman Keith Mander. The Festival Foundation is a charity which exists to support the long term future of the Canterbury Festival as well as investing in young musicians in Kent.

The Bursary Competition 2018 will open for submissions early next year and any local young musicians are invited to apply through their schools or music teachers. Next year’s final which will take place during the Canterbury Festival in October 2018.

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