Trinity Laban MMus student Katherine Birtles has been selected as one of the winning artists in Making Music's Awards for Young Concert Artists Scheme for 2014.
Currently in her final year of study at Trinity Laban, flautist Katherine beat out 75 other musicians, and will go on to perform a solo recital at the Royal Overseas League as part of Making Music AGM in May 2014.
Katherine is a Trinity College London scholar, and is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Harpenden Music Foundation. She was a semi-finalist in the Croydon Concerto Competition and the Soloist's Competition for two consecutive years. She has also gained tuition and advice from principal flute Ileana Ruhemann as part of the Mentor Scheme with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In its 53rd year, the Making Music's Awards for Young Concert Artists support the best classical vocalists and instrumentalists in the UK and have boosted the careers of many artists. Its provision of vital performing opportunities allows musicians to gain "real world experience" with over 3,000 member groups from across the UK.
Katherine said: "I'm very proud to be a part of the Young Concert Artists Scheme, which is a vital first step towards launching a professional career. I am looking forward to gaining valuable performing experience, and hope that it will open up further doors in the future."