Five young musicians competed for a share of £16,000 prize money in the final of the 2016 Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary competition.
First prize went to pianist Henry Cash, aged 17, from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who is studying under Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, Manchester, playing Haydn’s Piano Sonata in D Major and the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No 2 in B Flat Minor.
Leeds College of Music student Ross Munro, 18, from Trawden, Lancashire, was placed second playing blues and jazz guitar solos and his own piano composition ‘Study in Scarlet’, inspired by Sherlock Holmes stories. He was also presented with the Sutton Award for his performance.
Other finalists were Eleanor Tomlinson, 18, who is studying recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire, trumpeter Luke Dempsey, 21, who is studying in Norway, and violinist Max Salata-Barnett, 19, who is studying at the University of Manchester.
“"I competed in the PYMB in 2016. I felt really supported all the way through the process. I especially enjoyed the experience of performing, and sharing my love of music in all of the rounds.
Currently, I am in my first year at Birmingham conservatoire studying the recorder. The support from the bursary has helped me to really develop as a musician, from being able to perform in public concerts, as well as developing my playing with the addition of new instruments.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the bursary for providing me with support as I start my music career.” Eleanor Tomlinson