The Edith Hemingway Award – Best Young Musician, North West England
The Edith Hemingway Award is for the best young musician from the North West of England every year. Established in 2007 in memory of Edith Hemingway (1923-2006), a talented and enthusiastic singer from Burnley, Lancashire, the Award is endowed by her granddaughter Ria Hopkinson (an amateur pianist and violinist who benefited from similar funding as a student of the Junior School at the Royal Northern College of Music) and her aunt Mal Dolan.
Jess, recipient of the Edith Hemingway Award 2013 says: The money I have received from AYM has helped me so much and I also really appreciate the other support AYM gives as well as the financial support – it is something I really value. I would not be able to do a lot of things that I do without AYM’s continued support, guidance and encouragement. I feel proud to be a part of AYM and extremely honoured to be the recipient of my award. Thank you very much.
Ria Hopkinson writes about Freya, an oboist and the recipient of the first Edith Hemingway Award in 2009:
Our family is delighted to support Freya in her musical activities. We knew that Freya had given a fine audition for her AYM Award, but her own description of the many orchestras in which she plays really demonstrates the extent of her musical gifts. Music is central to all our lives, and Freya speaks passionately about her love of playing. She has already achieved so much, and the Edith Hemingway Memorial Award will help her to continue developing as a musician. It feels very special to make a real difference to a young person’s life.
Katie, a 17-year-old clarinettist from Lancashire and the first recipient of the award said:
I was delighted when I found out I had been awarded the Edith Hemingway Memorial Award. This award has helped me greatly in all aspects of my musical training. I can now afford to have weekly music lessons, which have really brought me on as a musician. I was really pleased to learn that Edith was a singer as I love singing. I especially enjoy musical theatre and will be taking my Grade 8 Musical Theatre this November. I absolutely love music – it is such a massive part of my life and without this award I would not be able to enjoy developing my skills.
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