Learning and Participation

Young Musicians’ Bursary Competition

This year we mark 10 years of the Musicians’ Bursary Competition, an
initiative supported by the Canterbury Festival Foundation. It enables brilliant young musicians to pursue and develop their talent – providing financial support, guidance and opportunities. This year’s final – showcasing five outstanding young musicians – will take place on-line and will be streamed over five consecutive nights.

Each evening we will introduce our finalists, share their performances and on the final night announce this year’s winner, as well as the Festival’s ‘one-to-watch’ in the junior category.

All performances will be filmed at Kent College’s stunning Great Hall.

“Any step which can spread the benefits of making music, particularly one taken at a difficult time, is a wonderful thing. To be able to spread the appreciation wider is very important and the transfer of the Festival Bursary Competition to an online audience opens up the possibilities of many more people being caught up in the amazing talent we have in our community. While there is no personal contact possible the added bonus of a wider audience can help to make up for the “live” sensation for each of our performers. I am sure they will show tremendous gifts which we all will admire.”

David Flood, Chair of Judges and Director of Music, Canterbury Cathedral

This year’s judges include:

  • David Flood, Chair of Judges and Director of Music, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Emily Renshaw Kidd, Director of Music at the Langton
  • David Burridge, Education Director, The Big Reveal
  • Alistair Hume, Founder Member of The King’s Singers
  • Dr Chris Price Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University


Mon 19 Oct - Fri 30 Oct




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