19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


The 2018 Bursary Competition Winner

The performances and result of 2018 Young Musicians Bursary Competition, supported by The Festival Foundation


Congratulations to Timon Staehler, winner of the Bursary and Festival Ambassador for 2018 in our annual classical music competition.

The Canterbury Festival Foundation supports young musicians in East Kent who show exceptional talent and wish to pursue their musical training, but need financial support to achieve their ambitions. The competition is open to two age groups: young musicians ages 12-14 (juniors) and 15-18 years (seniors).

The 8th year of our Bursary Competition brought us some outstanding talent from local young musicians, including our winner on Monday night, Timon Staehler, a pianist and music scholar at Marlborough College.

Timon’s success has included second prize in the national finals of the prestigious German music competition ‘Jugend Musiziert’ and first prize in the European round at Brussels. Timon loves and studies jazz piano with David Rees-Williams. His Jazz trio has won the Festival Track Record Prize and he won first prize in the Swiss National Youth Jazz Finals at Basel. Timons talents also include acting, he has filmed with the BBC and is a member of the National Youth Theatre.

Charlotte Chapman, Participation Manager comments - “The bursary award was a great night celebrating the incredible talents of some of the finest young musicians in Kent. We had classical singing, piano, trumpet, oboe, clarinet and even a euphonium.  2018 has seen a wide range of talent.

The event was a huge success with an audience of over 135 at St Gregory’s Music Centre. It’s a night that the audience love and many come back year after year. It’s a tense competition and thankfully I’m not a judge as the decision is so hard.  This year’s winner was Timon Staehler. A very talented musician playing Beethoven and Bach and we very much look forward to continuing our work with him this year.”

Supported by The Festival Foundation, this year’s judging panel compromised of David Burridge, Dr David Allinson, Alistair Hume and Summer Alp.

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