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.
Ashleyan Opera Prize
April 2019, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
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A Touch of Basil 2018
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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 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
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