MUSIC AWARD IS WELL DESERVED
A young musician from Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley has received an award in recognition of outstanding musical talent.
Year 8 student Taya Tur plays piano, drums and violin and will receive a means-tested grant of up to £2000 to pay for key musical costs such as instruments, equipment, music lessons and travel, plus support to cater to their individual circumstances.
The Award is given by Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) who help young people with exceptional musical potential. AYM received a record number of eligible applications for itsAwards programme this year.
Many former Award winners have achieved great success in their musical careers, such as Jess Gillam who is now AYM’s youngest Patron, Julian Bliss, Sean Shibe, Gavin Higgins, Duncan Ward and BBC Young Musicians winners Jennifer Pike and Martin James Bartlett.
Faculty Leader for Performing Arts at Prince Henry’s said “Taya is a committed musician at school, playing in the string orchestra, learning drums and violin in peripatetic lessons and playing ukulele and guitar as a hobby. It’s no surprise that she has received this scholarship – she is a talented musician.”
AYM Chief Executive Hester Cockcroft comments: “We’re delighted to announce this year’sAward winners. Musical talent is everywhere, but more than ever, opportunity isn’t. AYM is here to change this and our Awards programme is vital in helping enable talented young people achieve their musical potential. We’re very much looking forward to working with them!”
The Award winners represent a spectrum of musical interests, genres and mediums, although AYM is perhaps best known for its support of young instrumentalists. This year’s Award winners range from students of violin and piano through to the electric guitar and drums, to Irish bodhrán and Andean charango.
AYM has also increased its support for young people creating original music, from classical composers to songwriters and electronic music producers. To find out more, visit https://www.a-y-m.org.uk/