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Bursary Winner 2016

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.

Bursary win for Hattie

Picture of Hattie Butterworth, winner of the Hereford Police Choir Bursary 2016

Hattie Butterworth

Hattie Butterworth, an 18 year-old cellist from Orcop, is the 2016 winner of the Hereford Police Male Choir's Young Musicians' £1000 Bursary and has already earmarked it to pay for a two-week summer music school in Switzerland.

A former pupil at Kingstone High School, Hattie is a student at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester and has won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London from September. She plays with several orchestras, including the National Schools Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Chamber Orchestra, and has toured with her own quartet.

The eight 2016 finalists:

Picture of the Hereford Police Choir bursary finalists 2016

(l to r) India George, Hattie Butterworth, Raye Harvey, Sam Saunders,
Gil Richards, Joe Moore, Will Hewitt and Joel Starkie


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

The other candidates taking part in the adjudications at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford were::

  • Joel Starkie 18, a pianist from Monmouth
  • Raye Harvey 19, a violinist from Hereford
  • Sam Saunders 20, a baritone from Weobley
  • Will Hewitt 15, a drummer, from Kington
  • India George 19, a cellist from Malvern
  • Gil Richards 18, a pianist from Bircher
  • Joe Moore 17, a baritone from Canon Pyon

Alison Houlbrooke, chairman of the adjudication panel and musical director of the police choir said :

“It was a fantastic group of talented young musicians, each of them destined for success in the world of music.”

Applications 2017

Applications for the Bursary are invited from young people aged 14 to 21 living in either Herefordshire or Worcestershire.

Full information here:
Bursary Information

Closing date: 31st March 2017

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