Calling young musicians

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Ballymena Festival 2015 will include the Primary School Instrumentalist of the Year Award.

The festival, among the largest in Northern Ireland has always been generous, in conjunction with its sponsors, in the allocation of awards which aim to provide financial assistance and encouragement to aspiring singers and musicians - now they have opted to give some practical recognition to outstanding performers in a more junior class.

The Primary School Instrumentalist of the Year Competition awards a Bursary of £100.

This is presented by Black Advertising, one of the sponsors who continue to provide vital financial support to young musicians.

There is no lower age limit but it’s recommended that performers should be at about Grade 3 level.

Performers will be primary school age and can enter online by logging on to the Ballymena festival website :

As well as the Primary School Instrumentalist, the Junior Instrumentalist of the Year (post-primary and under 15 £150) and The Beggs and Partners Instrumental Award (£300 1st prize, £100 runner up) will be competed for by the winners of Open Instrumental Solo classes.

Full details can be found on the festival website and in the newly published Syllabus.