Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2016 Finals, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, Sunday 14 February 2016
This year's Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2016 Finals were held on Sunday 14 February 2016 at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle and in the presence of the Mayor of Gateshead Councillor Alex Geddes.

The Awards assessors heard twenty-two finalists for the three categories of Grades 1-3, 4 - 6 and 7 and above. This year's honorary assessor was Bill Lloyd, Creative Programmer and Director of Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School.

The Awards were set up in 2006 to encourage young musical talent across the North East Region. The entrants to the Awards receive tuition and guidance, as well as important encouragement to continue their musical education. Everyone taking part in this event is given the same expert advice and assessments. The finalists are also assessed on their talents for live performance.

We're grateful to the Gillian Dickinson Trust . www.gilliandickinsontrust.org.uk and The Sir James Knott Trust www.knott-trust.co.uk for supporting this year's Awards.
And we're also grateful to the Literary and Philosophical Society for hosting this year's Finals and for generously presenting each of the winners with a year's membership. www.litandphil.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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