The annual Beatrice Huntington Award was established by William Syson (1930-2019) in memory of his great friend, Beatrice Huntington (1889-1988).
We now invite applications from young cellists who can demonstrate talent, promise and a need for support. There are two categories: Junior Award (age 12-17) and the Senior Award (age 18-22). The winner in each category will receive £5,000 and runners up will receive £2,500. The judges reserve the right to split prizes into smaller denominations if there is not a clear winner.
Beatrice was an accomplished and versatile Scottish artist, but it is less well-known that she was also a talented cellist. After studying Art in Paris and Munich, Beatrice moved to London in 1914 where her work was well received and exhibited with the Society of Women Artists. In 1924 Beatrice travelled with her cello to Leipzig, where she was accepted into the class of the celebrated cellist Julius Klengel, and in the 1960s and 70s she held a popular ‘salon’ for students in her Edinburgh flat. Attendees described her generosity and encouragement, her love of poetry and music, and her enthusiasm for life.
For more information, visit The William Syson Foundation