The Lucy Gostwick Award

This Award is established in memory of Lucy Gostwick, a talented musician, and will benefit young pianists developing their skills in the field of classical music.

From an early age Lucy committed herself wholeheartedly to developing her musical gifts, completing all the Associated Board grades in both piano and cello with high marks in her early teens. She played the cello in Ealing Youth Orchestra for several years and hugely enjoyed their summer tours to Brittany. Lucy also kept a diary throughout her childhood and teens and had real ability with her pen, going on to receive an honourable mention from Quentin Blake for a children’s story she designed, wrote and illustrated herself.

Lucy’s academic gifts took her to Oxford to read English and German, and she also completed an Associated Board Diploma in Piano Performance. In 2008 she played Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces on Radio 3 in its Pianothon (an event promoting the work of amateur pianists).

Sadly, Lucy suffered from a life-threatening genetic condition and significant mental health challenges in adult life which prevented her from realising all the promise of her various talents. She died in 2017, aged 37.

Lucy’s legacy and love for music continues to be felt every year thanks to The Lucy Gostwick Award, which her father Giles established in her honour to support the musical development of young pianists.

“I’m so happy to keep Lucy’s passion for music alive with these Awards in her name and to continue them with a legacy in my Will.”

Applications for this Award should be made via the normal application procedure.

Click here for details about how to apply to our Awards programme.

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