Milton Keynes Community Foundation is delighted to announce that our 2017 Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Music Bursary winner is Georgina Lee! The bursary was presented at Milton Keynes City Orchestra's (MKCO) performance at the Venue, MK on Friday 24th November 2017. Guests experienced the musical talent of Laura Van der Heijden, 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year under the baton of Music Director Damian Iorio before hearing the announcement of our bursary winner.
The Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Music Bursary supports the continued development of some of Milton Keynes’ most talented young musicians and celebrates the memory of Christopher Hopkinson, a keen musician and early member of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation who was involved with the local voluntary and community sector throughout his life.
The Bursary Panel members were impressed with Georgina’s audition and felt she demonstrated great potential to progress with her music career. The 16-year-old clarinet player has already had a brilliant start to her musical journey taking the position of principal clarinetist of the MK Youth Orchestra and playing in a pit band for various performances including Oliver and The Pirates of Penzance. Georgina has also played side-by-side with the professional musicians of MKCO this year as part of her role in The MK Youth Orchestra. MKCO Principal Clarinet Nick Cox, gave a glowing report of her performance with him at the last concert and presented her with flowers. Georgina has also travelled to Germany, Belgium and Paris with MK Music Faculty and all of these experiences have given her a real sense of what it is like to be a working musician.
Georgina is currently studying A Level Music, Maths and Biology at Walton High and has a keen interest in wildlife and conservation.
We asked Georgina how she felt about winning
"I'm really pleased to have been awarded the Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Music Bursary for 2017. I am hoping to buy a better ‘A’ clarinet, as my current A isn’t good enough for the orchestral music I am currently playing and hope to play in the future.”
Laura Berrisford, Philanthropy Manager at MK Community Foundation said,
"Georgina was brilliant at her audition. She played exceptionally well and was really enthusiastic about her musical development. We wish Georgina the very best of luck with her continued musical progression, and look forward to seeing where her music career takes her."
The MK Community Foundation would like to thank Milton Keynes City Orchestra for their continued partnership and expertise, Yamaha Music for use of their fantastic audition space, and Maureen Hopkinson, John Byron and Peter Barnes for giving their valuable time and expertise to support this bursary.
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