Young Musicians Bursary Awards 2013

Bursaries have been awarded by Chester Music Society to two outstanding young musicians. Awards of £500 each were made to Bethan Griffiths and Sam Gilliatt at a Music Society concert in St Mary’s Centre on 29th January 2014 in recognition of their outstanding potential and to assist them with their further musical education.

Bursaries have been awarded by Chester Music Society to two outstanding young musicians. Awards of £500 each were made to Bethan Griffiths and Sam Gilliatt at a Music Society concert in St Mary’s Centre on 29th January 2014 in recognition of their outstanding potential and to assist them with their further musical education.

2013 Bursary GriffithsBethan Griffiths started playing the harp aged 10 with lessons with Harriet Earis in Ysgol Terrig primary school. She is currently studying harp with Ieuan Jones and piano with Kathron Sturrock at the Royal College of Music in London. She has recently been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Wales andhas also been recommended for ‘Suonarte Masterclasses’ in Lovere, Italy in July.

2013 Bursary GilliattBaritone Sam Gilliatt is 17 and a pupil at Stockport Grammar School. He has tried his hand at a great range of instruments and styles - viola, jazz piano, electric guitar and bass and singing - and started vocal tuition with Alastair McCall in November 2012. Since then, Sam has sung parts such as the tenor solo in Haydn’s ‘The Heavens Are Telling’ on tour in Barcelona, and is soon to play the lead role as Jesus in a school production of ‘Godspell’. Recently, he has joined the Hallé Youth Choir.

The occasion of the presentation, by David Woods, Chester Music Society Chairman, was the performers' recital on 29 January 2014 given by the winners and runners up of the Music Society's annual young Musicians of the Year which was held in November 2013