Awards for top young talent

Paul Sild
Paul Sild

AN awards scheme which helps talented young musicians is calling on more young people to come forward.

The plea has gone out from the Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians Trust, in Hartlepool, which held a classical concert featuring young musicians it has helped.

More than 200 people attended the “Celebration of Music” in Hartlepool’s Town Hall Theatre on Saturday.

The cream of the crop included cellist Paul Sild, bass baritone Dominic Barberi and guitarist Sebastian Karstad.

Also taking part were other young Hartlepool performers and special guests Hartlepool Male Voice Choir under the musical direction of David Gibson.

Chris Simmons, chair of the trust, said: “The concert was a tremendous success. It was an excellent showcase for the cream of Hartlepool’s young performers and the audience was simply stunned by their quality and professionalism.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the trust, and in particular Gus Robinson for his generous donation this year.

“Our grants can make a big difference to young talent in the town trying to develop their musical careers and we are now inviting applications for next year’s round of awards.

“Our work is made possible by the generous support of people who want to play their part in developing Hartlepool’s musicians of the future and any donations are always very gratefully received.”

The closing date for applications for next year’s round of grants from the trust is November 30.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be aged between 15 and 25 on July 31, 2012, must have been born in the borough of Hartlepool or have (or had) a parent who has lived in the borough for not less than five years.

They must be able to show a keen interest in music and have an above average musical talent indicated by, for example, a minimum standard of Grade V in the Associated Board Examination or membership of bands or orchestras.

For full details and an application form, contact Jeff Pringle on (01429) 523767 or e-mail

The winners of this year’s trust awards – which were announced at the concert – were: