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The education of young musicians is very expensive, and costs often have to be born by parents, especially with the increasing marginalisation of music in schools. Financial assistance from Subscribers is vital for the future of our Cumbrian young musicians.

As from 2019, the Keldwyth Award Society, Registered Charity No.509677, will operate two separate but complementary funds, the ‘old’ Keldwyth Award and the ‘new’ Keldwyth Grants. You are invited to become a subscriber to either or both these funds. 

Keldwyth Grants has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Westmorland Music Trust.  This fund can only be maintained by donations and by the generosity of subscribers.

Funding the Keldwyth Award comes from ticket sales to our two annual events, the Preliminary Day Competition and the Finals Concert, by donations and by the generosity of Subscribers. Financial assistance from Subscribers is vital for the future of the Award and our Cumbrian young musicians.

When prospective competitors apply for our Award, they tell us how they might use the prize-money, if successful. Here are some of their comments. They all refer to the cost of expert musical tuition, instruments, courses, and travel:

I am the only clarinettist this year to get a place at the Royal College of Music, London, but due to high competition in the wind department I didn’t get a scholarship’

‘Competition for creative courses is tighter than ever’

I am currently indebted to my parents for purchasing me instruments that I could never have afforded on my own’

‘The Keldwyth Award will help to pay for my tuition fee at Junior Royal Northern College of Music which is around £3800 per annum and help cover the cost of transport from Barrow to Manchester every Saturday.’

‘My parents are low income and have done all they can over the years to support my development and the cost of tuition. They are unable to meet the extra costs of college education.’

‘The living costs in Manchester will be high. I want to go to Royal Northern College of  Music as I think it’s the best thing for my studies.’

This illustrates some of the ways in which the Award can help our young Cumbrian musicians. We hope you will feel able to support them by becoming a Subscriber.

o become a Subscriber, please download the Subscribers form and return it with your subscription as indicated on the form. Subscribers who do so in time will receive complimentary entry to our Showcase Concert and all day entry to the July Preliminary Round Competition in Kendal. In addition, Subscribers are invited to the Society’s AGM.