Awards for Young Musicians

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Simon Richards Award for Young Violins

Simon Richards

Simon Richards had lots of passions in life. Like many 12-year old boys, he was often consumed with digital media and gaming, but also carved precious time for music, to practice keyboard and especially the violin.

Simon suffered from Chronic Brittle Asthma, was often very poorly and had to spend a lot of time away from school and from his friends.  Yet despite being poorly he managed to get on with life and find the strength to enjoy playing the violin. A committed member of the North Birmingham Suzuki Violin Group, Simon often delighted audiences by busking in his local Shopping mall in Sutton Coldfield.

Simon sadly passed away on 16 August 2015 aged 12 .

Simon’s unique spirit and his legacy will have a positive impact by supporting budding young violinists and viola players from the West Midlands and the local community, through music-making and live local performances.

A memorial fund and annual AYM Award were established in 2015.  The first recipient was Min Suk, age 11, from Birmingham.   The Award has enabled Min Suk, a talented violist, to purchase his own instrument. To donate to “Simon’s Award”, please visit our link here.