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

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

A Touch of Basil 2019

28th September 2019, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School

Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters

26th November 2019,Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Ashleyan Opera Prize

April 2020, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Games and Quiz Night

25th April 2020, Arden Hall, Castle Bromwich

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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,...

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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...

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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 an address...

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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...

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