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Bursary Winner 2018

To mark its Golden Jubilee in 2007, Hereford Police Male Choir introduced a special Young Musicians Bursary of £850. This bursary is awarded annually to a promising young musician in either Herefordshire or Worcestershire to help develop a career in music.

The bursary, now £1000, is sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund (managed by the Herefordshire Community Foundation), which aims to encourage a love of music amongst young people.

Violinist Raye wins Bursary

Picture of Raye Harvey, winner of the Hereford Police Choir Bursary 2018

Raye Harvey

The winner of the 2018 Hereford Police Male Choir's Young Musicians' Bursary, worth £1000, is Raye Harvey of Hereford, a 21–year–old violinist.

Raye is a third year student at the Royal Northern College of Music and a former Leader of Herefordshire Youth Orchestra. She performs with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra in Manchester. She was one of ten candidates from Herefordshire and Worcestershire competing for the bursary sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund, managed by the Herefordshire Community Foundation.

The 2018 finalists:

Picture of the Hereford Police Choir bursary finalists 2018

(l to r) Michael McCourt, Lauren Bough, Livi Van Melo, Raye Harvey (winner), Conor Burton (seated), Emily Evans, Eden Lloyd, Rhiannon Turton, Jennifer Newton, Rose Johnson.


The bursary, sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund (managed by Herefordshire Community Foundation) was established by the Police Choir ten years ago to help young musicians like Raye develop a career in music.

The other nine candidates taking part in the adjudications at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford, and each receiving £50 were:

  • Rose Johnson 21, a soprano from Sedgeberrow, near Evesham, studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • Livi Van Melo 17, a pupil at Hereford Cathedral School who will be going to Oxford University later this year to study music
  • Emily Evans 17, of Hagley, who plans a future as an organist
  • Eden Lloyd 15, of Hereford, a clarinet player and a pupil at Bishops High School who plays with the National Youth Orchestra
  • Jennifer Newton 19, a soprano of Tenbury Wells, studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Lauren Bough 19, of Droitwich, a singer/song writer and guitarist studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford
  • Conor Burton 15, of Martley, a pianist
  • Michael McCourt 14, of Fernley Heath, Worcester, a percussionist playing with several local bands
  • Rhiannon Turton 17, of Leominster, a Sixth Form student playing the clarinet

Choir Musical Director, Alison Houlbrooke, said:

“It was an outstanding group of young musicians. The two counties are blessed with so much talent.”

Applications 2019

Applications for the Bursary are invited from young people aged 14 to 22 living in either Herefordshire or Worcestershire.

Full information here:
Bursary Information

Closing date: 31st March 2019

Please send full personal details, some information of your musical career to date and your aspirations for the future to
Musical Director Alison Houlbrooke