Bursaries & Awards

The Mayor of Ashington presenting a bursary

The Audrey Stimpson Award winner

In addition to our long established major prizes, The Elsie Tunney Memorial Cup with a Bursary of £50 and the Audrey Stimpson Certificate and Bursary of £50, Morpeth Town Council has in recent years demonstrated its commitment to the young musicians residing or going to school in the Morpeth area by awarding a special bursary worth £500 to enable a performer to attend the European Youth Summer Music School. Since 2016, Ashington Town Council has funded a similar generous bursary for a young person resident in Ashington to attend the EYSM. The Summer School attracts performers from all over Europe and provides a range of activities both musical and social.

These awards will give the recipients the opportunity to enjoy working with professional musicians during a relaxed and very rewarding week.

The bursaries are awarded to the performers who, in, the opinion of the adjudicators, are most likely to benefit from attendance at the EYSM.

The Festival continues its partnership with the Northumberland Brass Band Association, which funds the James Shepherd Special Brass Performance Class.  The winner of this class can receive up to £200 depending on the standard of performance.

These awards will be presented at the final Concert in St George's United Reformed Church in Morpeth. Other major prizes will also be presented at this concert.