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.
A Touch of Basil 2020
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Entries from all over the UK are now invited for the 2019 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. Composers between the ages of 16 and 25 may submit works in any style by Monday 30th September 2019, this year’s application deadline. Shortlisted entries will...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Don’t miss this exciting evening - it’s nearly here! Come along and vote for your favourite new piece of music! Tickets will be available on the door- performance starts at 7.00. Composers between the ages of 16 and 25 from all over the UK have submitted works in any...read more
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
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