This is a musical scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding, young musician either born or educated in Cumbria. The Award is competed for annually in a Preliminary Round Concert and a Finals Concert, to both of which the public are invited. The winner receives a cheque for £1000 and the Reg Griffiths Trophy. The runner-up receives a cheque for £500 and the Geoffrey Blake Trophy. The other two finalists each receive £250. 2018 saw the introduction of a Best Newcomer’s prize of £100 to the best performance by a competitor new to the Award and not selected for the Final. All other competitors each receive £50 toward their expenses.
You should have been born/educated in Cumbria and be aged 16-22 at the beginning of July in the year of the competition. You must have passed Grade 8 or be currently studying at grade 8 standard. You should apply by the end of April in the year of competition. For further information and how to apply, see details here
The award is administered by the Keldwyth Award Society, a registered charity. Income to the Award is from ticket sales to our two annual concerts, the Preliminary Round concert and the Finals Concert, by donations and by the generosity of subscribers, those who value the place of music in society today and who wish to encourage the next generation of musicians. For further information on how to become a subscriber, see details here This support is vital for the future of the Award and our young Cumbrian musicians.
The dates for our two Annual events in 2020 are:
Preliminary Round Ings St. Anne’s Church: Monday July 13th 10.00am
Finals Concert Grange Victoria Hall: Friday August 28th 7.30pm
No advance ticket purchase required for Preliminary Round
Tickets can be purchased in advance for Finals Concert
Further details are available here