This year’s auditions for the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust went off well with two good days in Glasgow on 4 and 5 April and a day at the Wigmore Hall on 6 April. It is heartening to see that the application numbers are increasing but these tend to be concentrated amongst singers and string players with only a small number of woodwind, brass, percussion, piano and other disciplines applying. We hope to encourage more awareness of these valuable awards which are open to young musicians who have had one or more Scottish grandparent. Please pass on this information to anyone who might be interested: www.cairdtrust.org.uk
The level was very high with a number of reall outstanding performnaces. Congratulations to Glen Cunningham (tenor), Katherine Bryer (oboe), Liam Bonthorne (tenor), Catrin Woodruff (soprano), Jessica Ouston (mezzo soprano), Donald Robinson (cello) and Diana Sheach (french horn) on receiving the top awards.
It was, as ever, great to work with Patricia McMahon and Hector Scott on the Music Panel and thanks to Samantha Boyd for all that hard work in running the auditions.