Fourteen-year-old violinist, Lucy Brown, was awarded the Basset Stevens Memorial Fund Prize at a concert presented by the Newchurch Male Voice Choir in St James’s Church, Ryde. Lucy, accompanied by her tutor Nancy Borrett, performed as the guest artiste for the choir’s programme.
The concert, held in support of Pastor Daniel’s work in a Polish church near the Ukraine border, raised £653 for children affected by the war in Ukraine.
Bob Cooper, speaking on behalf of the choir, emphasized their mission to raise funds for local charities and good causes and give young and talented musicians the opportunity to showcase their skills.
The Basset Stevens Memorial Fund was created to support the development of young musicians on the island, in honour of the late and gifted musician Basset Stevens, who was a professor of singing at the London College of Music and retired to Alverstone Garden Village. Lucy is the latest recipient of this award, and the choir eagerly anticipates her future success.
As the choir prepares for the 2024 concert season, they are actively searching for young musicians and singers to participate as guest artistes, and a regular piano accompanist for their concerts.