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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

A Touch of Basil 2020

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

Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters 2019

Entries from all over the UK are now invited for the 2019 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters which will take place on Tuesday 26th November at Birmingham Conservatoire

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

Ashleyan Opera Prize CANCELLED

April 2020, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Games and Quiz Night CANCELLED

RESCHEDULED: 20th June 2020, Arden Hall, Castle Bromwich

A Touch of Basil 20th Anniversary Concert CANCELLED

26th September 2020, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School

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Ashleyan Opera Prize Cancelled

Sadly, due to the Corona virus pandemic we've heard from the Conservatoire that the Ashleyan Opera Prize, which should have been taking place next Wednesday, 25th March, has been postponed. They hope to hold it later in the...

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Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters 2019

  We are pleased to announce the 3 winners of this year's Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. From left to right they are: Georgia Denham, Rob Laidlow and Kai Moohan-Shotan The adjudication was as follows:The prize money of £1,000 was donated by Philip...

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Games and Quiz Night Update

Many thanks to everyone who helped with this year's games and quiz night at Arden Hall. The event was a roaring success and raised over £800 which is frankly fantastic. A note about next year - some of you will be aware that Arden Hall is being renovated during early...

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Please support Philip Bates Trust for no cost

If you shop online regularly you can now support us at no extra cost to yourself through easyfundraising. Nearly three thousand online retailers, including amazon and ebay, will donate a percentage of what you spend to your chosen charity – and we’d be so grateful if...

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It’s Time for A Touch Of Basil!

This year's concert will be on 30th September 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. Performers will include: Ex Cathedra Academies of Vocal Music Andrew Randall & Katie Gilbert, Ashleyan Opera Prize Winners “Sleep” by Sam James, Philip Bates Prize for...

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Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters 2017

Entries from all over the UK are now invited for the 2017 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. Composers between the ages of 16 and 25 may submit works in any style by Friday 7th  July 2017, the application deadline. Shortlisted entries will be given a...

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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...

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