YOUNG musician Matthew Green, who attends Torquay Boys' Grammar School and plays the double bass, is one of 130 exceptional young instrumentalists to win an award this year from Awards for Young Musicians, which had a record number of applicants.
It is the second year Matthew has won an award from AYM which includes a grant to help buy his own double bass. This year he won the Joan Scrutton Award for promising young string player of the year.
He is also recognised as one of 18 young musicians excelling in playing first study instruments listed on the 2003 Youth Music 'endangered species' initiative for players of certain instruments.
Each will receive vital financial help ranging from £200 up to £2,000, but will also benefit from individually tailored support, which may comprise mentoring, access to advanced skills workshops with professional musicians, master classes and opportunities to attend rehearsals with orchestras and other musical partners.
Matthew has also been offered performance opportunities, in places such as Westminster and at other major locations and events.
Through its awards programme, AYM offers help to young people of school age, from five to 17 years and have supported many promising young players.
Matthew, who is a grade eight student, received generous support from TBGS for double bass lessons before moving more recently to a specialist teacher at Wells Cathedral School. He will join Wells as a music scholar for sixth form where he will also continue his academic studies.
Matthew has thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Torquay Boys' jazz and string groups, and has taken part in many music making opportunities for young musicians in Devon.
These include as a South West Music School student, at SaMS (KEVICC), playing in Devon Youth Symphony Orchestra and as a Dartington Hall Trust bursary student for Dartington International Summer School.
Matthew's place at Wells Cathedral School is supported by the DfE Music and Dance Scheme and, as he continues to raise funds for a double bass, would welcome any opportunities to further these funds.
To date, contributions have been made by the Dulce Haigh Marshall Trust, La Motte Trust, Awards for Young Musicians and EMI.
He is looking for a further £3,000 to buy an instrument suitable for Wells and the beginning of a career as a musician.