Young Giggleswick School guitarist George Collins has won and is now through to the final of a prestigious regional music competition.

George, 17, a lower sixth pupil, will contest the final of the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary competition on June 30 at Colne Municipal theatre. Up for grabs is a share in a prize fund valued at £18,000 to help winners continue their musical studies.

George, who lives in Settle, initially submitted a video audition and won through to the live heat. He performed a guitar recital and was interviewed by a panel of judges, with four young musicians going through to the final.

George Collins said:

“I’m delighted to get this far. Like everyone in the final, I will get a slice of the prize money to further my education. The competition will also give me some exciting opportunities – including the chance to work with Manchester Camerata.”

George Collins

Competition was fierce with George being the youngest there and many of those he was up against already studying at conservatoires and universities.

Margie Simper, Giggleswick’s director of music, said:

“George is a talented young musician who is an asset to the musical life of our school and has a bright future ahead of him. We are very proud of George and wish him all the best for the final.”

For more information about George Collins from Giggleswick School please visit the website www.giggleswick.org.uk or phone 01729 893000.

Giggleswick School is a 450-pupil, independent, co-educational day and boarding school set in stunning countryside near the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Founded in 1512, the school offers a high quality education where personal development is a key focus alongside excellent academic results, providing young people with the skills, positive attitude and self-belief to equip them for happiness and success in today’s world.

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