Awards are music to their ears

Stacey Powers

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TALENTED musicians were given a financial boost when they received awards at a concert.

Some of Hartlepool’s most skilful young music stars performed in the show called A Celebration of Music at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.

As well as entertaining the audience, they were awarded cheques totalling £5,400 from a town trust to help them in their musical careers.

The cash boosts, ranging from £100 to £1,000, were made by Hartlepool’s Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians’ Trust.

It provides financial help to develop the musical talents of young people aged 15 to 25 who live in or have strong links with Hartlepool.

Trustee Derryck Pinfield said: “The concert went very well.

“All the musicians invited to perform knew they had got an award, but didn’t know how much until the night.

“Auditions, judged by professional musicians, were held back in February.

“The concert also served as a way of advertising next year’s application process which is coming up.

“The awards are used for things like tuition, instruments, music, indeed anything to help further their career.”

Saturday’s concert featured a lively mix of cello, piano, guitar and singing pieces.

Hartlepool’s Male Voice Choir were the guest performers and the awards were presented by Hartlepool Borough Council chairman Stephen Akers-Belcher.

The concert also helped raise funds for the trust which was formed in 2010 when the separate Preston Simpson and Sterndale scholarships amalgamated.

Between them, they have helped musicians in Hartlepool for almost a century.

For more information about the trust call Ann Turner on (01429) 523767.