The Ruddock Bursaries

The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust are thrilled to announce the very first recipients of our new bursary scheme.

2019 sees the first awards of the Ruddock Bursaries – which the Trust offered to under 25 year old Artists who have an interest in English Traditional Folk Arts be it musicians, dancers or story tellers.

To celebrate the first year of the scheme we’ve awarded seven bursaries of £250. To qualify the applicants must have been raised, be living or studying in East Anglia and be already involved in some form of Traditional Folk Arts.

The first awards are made to:

Lauren Peck – Aged 13
Sophie Cargill & Westley Middle School (Year 5 Class)
Samuel Taylor – Aged 16
Lou Beal – Aged 19
Finn Collinson – Aged 21
Megan Wisdom – Aged 24

We also teamed up with Burwell Bash to enable a young performer to attend their annual Folk Music Summer School of World-class tution and playing. This year the Burwell Bash Bursary has been awared to Dante Parker-Hall, aged 15. The Burwell Bash takes place this year between 29 July and 2 August 2019.

The recipients of these first awards demonstrated a fantastic range of ages and talent. We’re really delighted that the memory of Gordon Ruddock will be preserved in this way and look forward to seeing how our support enables each of the awardees to progress

Gordon Ruddock was a long time Friend and generous supporter of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust and after his death in early 2017, the Trust learned that they were one of ten Charities to benefit from his Estate. As a result, they decided to set up the Bursary scheme and offer a little help to the younger generation who they hope will in turn help to keep traditions alive.


This young group of musicians are already showing willing. Samuel Taylor chatted on Radio Suffolk about the Trust’s Bursary scheme in early May and then he and Megan Wisdom joined us with the Suffolk Record Office at the Suffolk Show at the end of May where they performed to people visiting the SRO stall.

6 out of our 7 Bursary Recipients met in mid July at Westley Middle School in Bury St Edmunds for their Year 5 Maypole day. Megan lead the dance tuition and provided a superb lesson plan and Finn, Samuel, Dante and Lauren created a scratch band playing mostly East Anglian Tunes taken from the Trust’s tunebook. The Year 5 students took it in turns to work the Trust’s Jig Dolls to add percussion to the band.

News Flash

Finn is releasing a new album ‘Call To Mind’ (out on 6th September) and has used the bursary to fund two gigs on his album release tour:

The first is at The Portland Arms in Cambridge on 9th September:

The second is at St Peter’s by the Waterfront in Ipswich on 11th September:


There will be other local young performers performing support sets, and Finn’s band will join him for the shows. Discounted tickets are available for students for both shows shown above (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). More information about Finn’s gigs and his new album can be found on his website