Future Talent’s First Coombs Scholar announced

The Future Talent Coombs Scholarship is a new award within Future Talent and is the most prestigious made by the charity. It was established in memory of Future Talent’s first Administrator Lucy Coombs, who very sadly died in 2007 and its purpose is to provide funding for musicians aged between 16 and 18 who are in transition from full-time education to music specialism. A single prize of £6,000 is awarded, enabling the winner to make this leap and progress with their musical education and continue into a subsequent career.

The high standard of applicants for this inaugural year meant the judging panel faced a difficult decision in deciding a winner. However after an exciting day of final auditions at the Royal Academy of Music last month, we are delighted to announce that the first Coombs Scholarship has been awarded to 17-year old double bass player Toby Hughes.

Toby was presented with his award by Future Talent’s President Sir Mark Elder CBE and founder and Trustee Katharine Kent at a reception at the Stafford Hotel in London last month. Many Congratulations Toby!