Join us for our spring online concert! 

We’re delighted to invite you to an online fundraising concert, hosted on YouTube, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 9 March 2023 to support the work of Awards for Young Musicians (AYM).

Hosted by violinist and AYM Alumna Trustee Mahaliah Edwards, the concert will feature performances from young musicians on our Awards programme recorded at fundraising events from the past year.

Your host

Mahaliah Edwards is a violinist, creative practitioner and ambassador for Black Lives in Music, teacher of cultural development and a broadcasting trainee for the BBC! Supported financially and musically by AYM’s Awards programme she has also been a mentor on our Talent to Talent mentoring programme. We’re delighted that Mae will be your host for the evening.

The musicians

Bridget, 18, piano

Bridget has many accolades to her name including winner of the Windsor International Piano Competition and being a Fellowship Diploma Holder from Trinity College London. Her most memorable moment was performing at the BBC Young Musician of the Year Keyboard Finals 2020.

Mayukhjit, 12, Indian bansuri

Mayukhjit started learning the bansuri when he was seven, and after a brief interlude on the violin he now studies western flute at Junior Guildhall School of Music. He is currently part of one of the most prestigious Gurukul of Indian Flute Maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. He has won several awards both within and outside the UK including the British Flute Society and Galway Music Festival.

Teagan, 15, violin

Teagan successfully auditioned for Wells Cathedral School aged 11 where she studies the violin with Robert Salter. She loves being surrounded by fellow musicians and enjoys all the opportunities to play in the school’s orchestras and ensembles. She dreams of becoming a soloist but has an equal passion for orchestral playing and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Recent highlights are performing with the NYO at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and meeting film composer Danny Elfman!

Caitriona, 15, banjo, mandolin, mandola, guitar, fiddle

Caitriona is already somewhat of a star in traditional Irish music. It was a short leap between picking up a banjo aged seven, because ‘daddy liked the sound the best’ to winning one of the most prestigious Irish traditional music competitions in the world – the All-Ireland Competition – on the mandolin aged 12.

How to watch

The concert will premiere on our website at 7.00 pm on Thursday 9 March 2023.

If you’re new to AYM we hope you’ll be inspired to get involved! If you want to create a buzz with us on the night, please head to Twitter and use the hashtag #GivingTalentAChance.

Giving talent a chance

Photography by Richard Farnes

At AYM we believe in giving talent a chance. Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances too often get in the way. We change this in two key ways: we directly support individual young musicians from low-income families with funding and other personalised help, and we support music education through training, advocacy and research.

This fundraising concert is being held to support our work. You can donate online after, or even during, the concert.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this very special event.

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