Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Award winner photo competition

At each of our annual Awards Days our Award winners are presented with a certificate to celebrate their achievement.  This year we set our Award winners the challenge of staging a photograph of themselves with their Award that told a story about themselves. It could tell any story, be it about their other hobbies, their family or any other element of their life.

We received some great entries and have included some of our favourites below. Our winner this year is Alex, a 13 year old percussionist from Cheshire. Alex spent his Christmas performing as the pit drummer for the Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society’s production of – you guessed it – Cinderella.  He’s pictured here with the lovely ugly sisters.

“We have been to see this company’s [Cheshire Youth Performing Society] annual pantomime for a few years and I always enjoyed listening to the band – this year I was asked to play. It was a great week with lots of music in differing styles. The tricky thing was making sure the music, and additional drum and cymbal crashes synchronised with the performers. At the end of one of the performances, Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby from Coronation Street) came to tell me how much she had enjoyed my drumming – I just hope she didn’t miss any of the action on stage! I had a great week and am looking forward to next year’s show.”


Well done Alex, both on your Robert Lewin scholarship and for being invited to perform as a pit drummer!  Alex’s other achievements this year include being offered a place in the main orchestra of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, and beginnning studies at the Royal Norther College of Music’s Junior Department, for which AYM is helping with the costs.  At our Awards Day, Alex worked alongside three BBC percussionsts.  As he put it:

“The day at Maida Vale, with the BBC SO, was amazing! I had the opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians with the whole percussion section as my mentors.” 

Here are some of the runner up entries to our photo competition

Ashley (far left), age 11, from London. As well playing piano, guitar and violin, Ashley is also a keen ballet dancer. She composed this photo of herself and some friends from the London Russian Ballet School as they were preparing for a performance at Sadler’s Wells. AYM are supporting Ashley with her piano lessons.

Lucas (centre), age 9, from London. Lucas is learning the trumpet and plays with the Nucleo orchestra. He enjoys making music with his family. His photo shows him playing festive tunes with his two brothers. AYM are supporting Lucas with private trumpet tuition.

Meredith, age 11, from Stirlingshire. Meredith lives in a beautiful part of Scotland and enjoys walking with her Mum when home from her new school, St Mary’s Music School. Her photo was taken at the top of Connich Hill, near Ben Lomon. AYM are supporting Meredith with the cost of Clarsach (Scottish harp) lessons, although she also plays violin and piano.