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Mayor’s Music Fund Scholarships awarded to over 40 young Londoners

3 years ago


42 talented young London musicians were awarded four-year scholarships at a ceremony at City Hall on Monday 3 October.

The schoolchildren from across the capital were nominated to become this year’s Mayor’s Music Fund Scholars because they have demonstrated talent and commitment but don’t have the financial means to pursue their potential. The Fund was set-up in 2011 to support young London musicians, especially those from low-income families.

This year’s Scholars received their Awards from the Mayor’s Music Fund Ambassador and double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, MBE.

Chi-chi Nwanoku and Mayor's Music Fund scholars

Awards ceremony and creative workshop

The Scholarship Awards ceremony was sponsored by ABRSM, the world’s largest music education body. Musician and ABRSM Director Lincoln Abbotts led a creative workshop for the Scholars, which culminated in a performance in front of parents, guests, London Music Education Hubs' representatives and Mayor’s Music Fund supporters.

Mayor's Music Fund scholars

Comments on the event

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "Giving young people the chance to learn an instrument and fulfil their potential boosts their skills and opens up a world of different opportunities for them. I’m delighted to be Patron of the Mayor’s Music Fund.”

Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM's Executive Director: Strategic Development, said: “Music has the power to transform lives and we believe that everyone, regardless of their background, should be able to achieve their musical potential. We’re big supporters of the Mayor’s Music Fund and its excellent track record of helping young Londoners.”

Chrissy Kinsella, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Music Fund, said: “At the Mayor’s Music Fund we are passionate about giving children from low-income families the chance to develop their full potential by offering funding and opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. We are thrilled to be welcoming a new cohort of young musicians to City Hall and congratulate them on their success.”

Find out more

  • Find out more about ABRSM's relationship with the Mayor's Music Fund
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