Philip Bates Trust

The Trust was set up to honour the life of Philip Bates, a young man from Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, who was tragically killed shortly after his 19th birthday in March 2000

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A Touch of Basil

A Touch Of Basil is the Philip Bates Trust’s annual concert featuring a wide range of performers representing a panoply of musical styles.

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Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters

The Philip Bates Trust and Birmingham Conservatoire  jointly run the annual Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters.

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About the Trust

Philip was a keen musician who appreciated a wide variety of styles; he should have gone on to study Music and English at Lancaster University.

Objectives of the Trust

The Philip Bates Trust aims to advance the education of young people under the age of 25 in the arts by:

The provision of awards to encourage and support their pursuit of creative and artistic achievement.

The provision of financial support to projects or workshops, which aim to develop creative and artistic interests and skills in young people.

Forthcoming Events

Composition Prize

November 2016

Games and Quiz Night

11th March 2017, Arden Hall

A Touch of Basil 2017

30th September 2017 at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

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Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters 2016









It’s been an Epic summer….

This summer I embarked on what is sure to be an exciting and life-changing journey with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT). At 24-years-old I thought I had missed the boat on joining this world-renowned organisation, but having met a fellow NYT member... read more

Newsletter 2016 and A Touch of Basil’s new venue

This year’s newsletter is now available (and can be downloaded here) Most people will be aware of the necessary change to our venue for the 2016 Touch of Basil. It will take place at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield on October 1st. Philip was a... read more

Calling all composers aged 16 – 25

  Entries from all over the UK are now invited for the 2016 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. Composers between the ages of 16 and 25 may submit works in any style by Friday 8th July 2016, the application deadline. Shortlisted entries will be... read more

The Ashleyan Opera Prize

The Ashleyan Opera was created by Philip’s grandparents Stanley and Margaret Asher ran from 1959 for almost 50 performances well into the 21st Century. They performed grand opera to the delight of audiences in Leicester at The Little Theatre and Leicester Haymarket.... read more

Online Donations and Ticket Sales for A Touch Of Basil

With the new website we will be introducing online donations and ticket sales. This is new territory for the Trust and we hope that it will make life easier for our supporters and us by partly automating both of these important activities. Donations can be made via... read more

Ashleyan Opera Prize 2015

What a fantastic evening’s entertainment we experienced with ten post-graduate singers hotly contesting this year’s Ashleyan Opera Prize. Phillippa Lay has a very promising powerful soprano voice but needs to work on opening up her high notes. Zulkifi bin Zainul,... read more

Our Last Concert at the ABH

Our first Touch of Basil was held in the Adrian Boult Hall of Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2000. We were told at that time that we were unlikely to be able to use ABH for too long in the future because it was to be replaced. The concert on September 26th 2015... read more

Newsletter Mailout 2015

Have you ever wondered how your newsletter gets produced and sent to you? Well here’s where it all happens – the Action Committee and friends spend a busy few hours folding and stuffing the newsletters and any flyers into envelopes which then have to have... read more

Composition Prize 2014

On 14th November 2014 Tony and I enjoyed an evening of varied music when we attended the Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters at Birmingham Conservatoire. The first piece was “Me faytz trobar” by William Cole. Unfortunately, because the date for the event... read more

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