Prizes and Awards

The Philip Bates Trust supports a range of prizes and awards including:

Philip Bates Performance Prize at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and John Willmott School

Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters

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Prize Winners

Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters - Trust Prize

  • March 2004 Steve Brown and “Hopping Mad”, Hilary Campbell and “Rest”
  • March 2005 Amy Whitwam and “Another Five Seasons”
  • March 2006 Johan Ericsson and “Thief of Thoughts”
  • November 2007 Ashleigh Bartrum and “Nymphomania, Lies & Insecurities”
  • November 2008 Josh Angell and “Trouser”
  • November 2009 Simone Spagnolo and “Pleiades”
  • November 2010 Michael Betteridge and “Poems of Walt Whitman”
  • November 2011 Pete Yelding and “Silhouettes Smiling” Tom Coult and “Seven Face Pictures”
  • November 2012 No prize awarded
  • November 2013 Blanka Stachelek and “Tryptyk”Leo Geyer and “Sideshows”
  • November 2014 Samuel Leith Taylor & “Sop two, twice–cool air” and William Cole & “me faytz trobar” (joint winners)
  • November 2015         Harriet Grainger  “Elizabeth’s Aria” / Daniel Blanco Albert  “Columna Vertebral: Sageta de Foc”
  • November 2016         Sam James  “Sleep” / Alex Ho  “Compost”
  • November 2017         Georgia Denham “blue” /  Maria Cortes-Monroy “The Face” / Hugo Bell “7 Exercises in Style”

Philip Bates Music Theatre Prize at John Willmott School

  • January     2001  Neil Robinson
  • January     2002  Amy Clews
  • January     2003  Jennifer Sedgwick
  • January     2004  Martin Sleaford
  • January     2005  Toni Bowcott
  • January     2006  Kerry Daniels & Olivia Fisher
  • January     2007  Lianne Morgan-Ewing
  • January     2008  Katie Tufft
  • January     2009  Lianne Morgan-Ewing
  • January     2010  Tom Browne
  • January     2011  Jack Marshall
  • January     2012  CJ Webley
  • January     2013  Chloe Child
  • January     2014  Chloe Child
  • January     2015 Nathan Bower
  • January     2016 Lauryn Miller
  • December 2016 Nicholas Lee
  • December 2017 Madeleine Newell

Philip Bates Performance Prize at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School

  • December 2000 Jonathan Styles
  • December 2001 Katherine Millman
  • December 2002 Ian McKenna
  • December 2003 Tarik Elsharief
  • December 2004 Miyuki Takahashi
  • December 2005 Ainne Skeritt
  • December 2006 Grant Hodgkins
  • December 2007 David Jones
  • December 2008 Anna Smith
  • December 2009 Adam Boulton
  • December 2010 Michael Hogg
  • December 2011 Josh Tooley
  • December 2012 Nathaniel Coxon
  • December 2013 Lucy Licence
  • December 2014 Xhosa Cole
  • December 2015 James Nesbitt
  • December 2016 Nicholas Lee
  • December 2017 Madeleine Newell

Ashleyan Opera Prize (open to post-graduate singing students at Birmingham Conservatoire)

  • April 2007            Yuan Yuan Zheng

  • April 2008            Laura Woods

  • April 2009            Li Li & Marlon Maia

  • April 2010            Xu Lei

  • May 2011             Francesca Costigan

  • May 2012             Rachel Bowden

  • May 2013             Claire Barnett-Jones

  • May 2014             Carrie-Ann Williams & Jessica Wise

  • May 2015             Deirdre McCabe

  • May 2016        Andrew Randall

  • May 2017        Michael Lam with special commendation to Katie Gilbert

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