Successful Applicants 2018

We were delighted to receive nearly 50 applications for our first round of awards from a cross section of young musicians from across the UK.

It was a very strong field of candidates but the three successful applicants to receive £1,000 grants were:

Phoebe Jo Harty

16-year-old cellist Phoebe Jo from Chorley, Lancashire, will use the funding to attend music camps where she will be tutored by some of the world’s leading cello players in the folk genre.

It will also help towards the cost of renting a high quality cello and bow to support her on-going musical development.

Phoebe Jo, who also plays the saxophone, plays with the National Youth Folk Ensemble, the Bolton Youth Orchestra and her school jazz band. She also performs in a band with fellow NYFE members, Don’t Feed the Peacocks.

She has achieved the ABRSM Grade 5 award with distinction on the cello and is working towards taking the Grade 8 practical and Grade 5 theory exam as well as tutoring young students with a view to a career as a cello teacher.

Phoebe Jo said:

“The award will mean that I can go to folk music camps where I can meet and play with other amazing musicians and cellists who can flavour my sound and make me so much better and more interesting as a player.

“It has opened up so many opportunities that would be otherwise impossible, such as attending camps in Australia, and I am so excited to make the most of it and honoured to be given the chance to!”

Phoebe Jo Harty

Louis Campbell

Louis Campbell

Louis is an 18-year-old music student from Bath who will be the first guitarist at the Royal Northern College of Music to split his lessons between classical and folk.

Also a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, he has a Distinction at Grade 8 Classical Guitar and has already chalked up performances as a trio with Sam Sweeney and Martin Carthy at the Bath Festival. He’s also played at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Week, Sidmouth Folk Week, Chippenham Folk Festival and Cecil Sharp House.

He will use his grant to buy equipment including a microphone, pickup pre-amplifier and pickup to improve his live sound and the quality of home recordings, particularly as he plans to record his debut EP soon.

Louis said:

“I’m so grateful for this award. It will mean the quality of sound for the audience at my gigs will improve hugely (as well as my equipment’s reliability!) and it will be a sound I can be really proud of and comfortable with.

“It will also allow me to record myself and other young performers and bands to a really high level allowing for EP and album releases to be sustained for many years to come without the need for record labels or traditional recording studio costs and restraints, which is beyond beneficial in today’s musical world.

“It will also hopefully aid me in new and exciting gig (and other) opportunities, which I have no doubt will help a huge amount in becoming a professional folk musician. I cannot thank the trust enough.”

Anna Hughes

Cornwall based violin player and composer Anna is undertaking a Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University, which has included a spell as an exchange student in the folk music department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

She released a debut EP of original compositions, which she recorded, mixed and mastered in 2017 and performs with the emerging contemporary folk quartet, Balter. She writes music for theatre; using pre-recorded compositions as a backdrop for vocal and instrumental improvisation, and is a tutor for a youth folk band.

She will use the grant to buy a new quality violin that will aid the development of her playing and therefore her musical career.

Anna said:

“The grant will mean that I can continue to develop my music with an instrument that is a higher quality and more suited to my playing. A fiddle that I can play with more ease will reduce the risk of injury or strain and increase the rate of my technical development.

“Ultimately, I would like to record some new music and take recording with my band Balter further too. The grant will help me do this to a much higher quality than with my current instrument – I can’t wait to move forward with the support of The Alan Surtees Trust!”

Anna Hughes