Eight of the UK's most gifted and talented young music students have received financial support from Awards for Young Musicians (AYM). The Bristol-based organisation recently announced the support for a number of Trinity Laban's Junior Trinity students - Murray Ashdown, Don Chan, Emily Christian, Anthony Daly, Nathaniel Groves, Chris Hatwell, Miranda Stinton and Evangeline Tang.
Hester Cockcroft, AYM Director, said she was delighted to offer support to the students:
"This was a considerable achievement in a year when we had a record number of applications - more than 400 - from all over the UK. Supporting a gifted and talented young person can often be difficult, especially where family resources are limited and we always welcome more applications from Trinity Laban."
The awards, of up to £500 each, fulfill AYM's key criteria of financial need and evidence of considerable potential. They support specific requests including instrument purchase, contribution towards Junior Trinity fees and specialist summer courses.
Applications for 2014 will be open from November onwards and can be made via the AYM website www.a-y-m.org.uk.
Junior Trinity is Trinity Laban's Saturday music school for 3-19 year olds. It was the first Junior Department of a UK Conservatoire to open its doors to schoolchildren on Saturdays, in 1906. Since then thousands of young people have benefited from the opportunities to make music as individuals and in a wide variety of small and large ensembles. From Trinity Teenies aged 3-5 years, right through to university and conservatoire entrance, it is the aim of Junior Trinity to encourage a lifelong interest in music and to give the students the opportunities to develop to their maximum potential.