Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2011 Finals, Shipley Art Gallery, 27 February 2011
This year's Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2011 Final was held on Sunday, 27th February 2011 at the Shipley Art Gallery in the presence of the The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Newcastle, Councillor Brenda Hindmarsh and Mrs Gitta Faulkner. The Awards judges heard 13 finalists for the three categories of Grades 1-3, 4 - 6 and 7 and above. The winners of the three age groups were presented with engraved glass trophies created by the North East glass artist Dominic Fonde which are inscribed with music from the Avison workbooks. These are displayed in the winners' schools for a year. The Awards were founded in 2006 and this year's Awards have been supported by The Roland Cookson Fund at The Community Foundation.

The Avison Ensemble is the outstanding period instrument orchestra based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which plays and popularises the music of Charles Avison (1709-1770) and other English classical composers of the Baroque period, such as Garth, Arne and Herschel. The Ensemble also performs Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Pergolesi, Teleman, Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

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