Young musicians from all over Sussex will compete for a prestigious music bursary next month, as part of the Coro Nuovo ‘Music & Monarchy’ concert on the 16th July.

The choir, founded five years ago by Kate Kent and international tenor Andrew Rees, has selected four aspiring musicians to vie for its Young Musician of the Year Competition following auditions in early June.

Ayla Sahin (violin), Claire Ward (soprano), Gideon Brooks (trumpet) and Rebekah Smith (soprano) will all battle for a £1000 bursary designed to support their musical studies, as well as the chance to perform with the choir at future concerts.

‘Music & Monarchy’ marks the second time that Coro Nuovo has awarded the bursary to an up-and-coming musician, after saxophonist Hannah Corcoran was selected by judges last year.

The evening will also commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II with a programme that includes British and royalty-themed classics such as ‘Zadok the Priest’, performed at every monarch’s coronation, ‘Greensleeves’ and the ‘Triumphal Chorus’ from Aida.

‘I love all beauteous things’, which was composed for the Queen’s 90th birthday by Judith Weir, will also be performed on the night, along with a special tribute to Dame Vera Lynn.

Coro Nuovo’s Royal-themed Summer Concert will take place on Sunday 16th July 2017 – 7.30 pm at the Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath. Book tickets online: coronuovo.org.uk/tickets or by phone: 07740 946276.