Funding available from the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards


The Joan Trimble Bursary Awards continue to support local musical talent and is currently open for applications from local young people. Established by her family and administered by the Fermanagh Trust, the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards were set up in memory of the Enniskillen born musician and composer.



Recent recipients (left) Harry Parkinson and (right) Harry Rees

The Awards recognise Joan’s lifelong commitment to County Fermanagh and their purpose is to encourage the involvement of young people in creativity, the performing arts and Irish culture. The latest bursary recipients include Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Students Harry Rees and Harry Parkinson.

Harry Rees has recently achieved a distinction in Grade 8 Piano and Grade 5 Music Theory. He received his grant award for purchase of tuition which will assist with all the universities to which he has applied. Harrys’ teachers have commended his commitment to the Senior Youth Orchestra and genuine love for Music, adding he undoubtedly has a bright future ahead as a young performer and composer and deserves every success.


Harry Parkinson will use his grant award for singing lessons.  As a member of a number of local choirs he is keen to perform as much as possible at community events, to give something back to the community; and singing lessons will help him on his way to achieve this. Other recent Joan Trimble Bursary recipients include opera singer Andrew Irwin, and composer and multi-instrumentalist Rose Connolly, who this year were two of six young musicians from across Northern Ireland selected for the prestigious BBC Young Musicians’ Platform Award.


Joanna McVey, daughter of the late Joan Trimble said “Congratulations to our recent recipients who encompass everything the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards are about and we’re delighted to be able to help in nurturing their talents. The last year has been incredibly challenging yet studying and lessons continue and it’s important our young people’s skills are not lost. Therefore we’re determined to support wherever we can and encourage wider access to the arts. We’re currently open for applications and hope we can reach even more local individuals with these bursaries.”


For more info or to download an application form CLICK HERE / E: / Tel: 028 66 320 210. The next closing date is 1st March 2021.



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