Scholarships awarded to gifted musicians

Scholarships awarded to gifted musicians

Six talented University of Aberdeen students have been awarded prestigious music scholarships.

Aberdeen's most gifted music scholars are recognised annually by the award of scholarships from Professor Derek Ogston, a former Senior Vice-Principal of the University and long standing champion of its musicians.

This year, Ross Whyte, Claire Singer and Paul Tierney, all composers, will receive the Ogston Postgraduate Music Scholarship awards for 2008/09. 

Meanwhile, Bethany Logan (violin) and Michelle Yarnell (bass clarinet) will be presented with the Derek Ogston Music Scholarship for musical talent, which is awarded to undergraduates.

A second, brand new undergraduate scholarship specifically directed at the tenor voice will also be awarded to Cole Bendall, who has recently begun his Bachelor of Music degree.

Professor Ogston said that the performances of the students had already given a great deal of enjoyment to many people.

He said: "I have particular pleasure in having the opportunity of making a contribution to helping talented students fulfil their potential in music."

Professor Pete Stollery, Head of the Department of Music, said he was delighted with Professor Ogston's continued support. 

He said: "The Ogston Scholarships not only recognise the calibre and commitment of these students, they also contribute to the exciting and diverse music scene in the University.  They offer great encouragement to our students, and in turn these students' musical activities are brought to audiences within the University and the wider community." 

Paul Tierney, from Hawick, is in the third year of his research toward a PhD in Composition; Ross Whyte is about to begin a PhD in Composition and specialises in electroacoustic composition; Claire Singer commenced her PhD in February 2008 and specialises in cello performance and electroacoustic composition.

Michelle Yarnell, from the Netherlands, is in the second year of her Bachelor of Music with Honours (Education) degree while Greenock's Bethany Logan is in the first year of her Bachelor of Music degree.

The University's annual music season features a packed programme of recitals and concerts, as well as residencies and visits by leading international artists, orchestras and ensembles, catering for all tastes. More information on the concert series is available at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/universitymusic/

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