Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2013 Finals, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, 9 March 2013
This year's Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2013 Finals were held on Saturday 9th March 2013 at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead in the presence of the Mayor of Gateshead Malcolm Brain.

The Awards judges heard thirteen finalists for the three categories of Grades 1-3, 4 - 6 and 7 and above and one small chamber group. The winners 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 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

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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