EMS awards season launched with new song writing award in memory of Alice Gross

Ealing Music Service is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 selection of awards. This year sees nine awards available to pupils in the London Bawardorough of Ealing via either parental application or teacher nomination. These awards are designed to help talented students progress to their fullest potential, especially those whose families find it difficult to support the increased costs of music provision as a student advances. The awards are suitable for a range of musicians from 7 to 26 years old and applications are encouraged from all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds.

Lukas Jeblawei, John Lyon Ealing award winner last year said “I’m so pleased with myself that I went for the audition. It’s been a great experience and everyone was really nice to me. Being awarded a John Lyons Junior Scholarship has made a huge difference. It allowed me to double my oboe / treble recorder lessons this term, will pay for additional orchestra and, fingers crossed, towards the NCO residential summer course if I’m lucky enough to get in.” He is keen for other musicians to have the same support and added “I thought I hadn’t played that well at the audition and was quite surprised at the result. Just go for it!”

ealing-open-awards-poster-17Having successfully launched the new John Lyon Ealing awards last year, EMS are very proud to announce the launch of the new Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Award. Alice Gross was a promising musician and song writer who attended Brentside Academy High and tragically lost her life in September 2014. She was a keen musician, who wrote and sang her own songs, played the violin and piano and was learning the guitar. Alice hoped, one day, to have a career in music. This new song writing award is intended to honour her memory and the love she had for music making and in song writing in particular. It will be an opportunity for other young people to share their music, and gain recognition and support in reaching a musical goal.

agmswa-logoBritish Grove Studios in Chiswick (founded by Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits) are supporting the Alice Gross Memorial Award, offering a prize of a 1 day recording session at the studios for the award winner.

Yogesh Dattani, Head of Ealing Music Service said, “I am delighted that with financial support from our partners as diverse as the John Lyon’s Charity to the Ealing Music & Film Festival, we are now able to offer up to 9 different awards to the musically talented children & young people of Ealing. I am particularly delighted to announce the addition of the Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Awards in memory of Alice.”

Details on all of the awards can be found at www.ealingmusicservice.com/awards

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