MusicWorks has set up a bursary fund in fond memory of former student, Jacob Barnes, a hugely talented pianist who tragically died at the age of 21 in 2011.

This bursary allows a young pianist to attend the courses with a part or full scholarship.

Previous and current Jacob Barnes scholars – Charlie Woof Byrne 2012/13, Julian Trevelyan 2013, Joseph Laming 2013.

Everyone involved with MusicWorks was devastated by the death of the pianist Jacob Barnes, aged 21, from leukaemia on 26th April 2011. Jacob attended his first MusicWorks course in 2005 and such was his generous, inspiring and hugely entertaining nature that the courses quickly became almost unimaginable without him. He was an extremely gifted pianist and a musician of immense depth. On the courses his insatiable appetite for music of all kinds was a huge gift to everyone – his fearless attitude to diving into a dense Russian score enabled many string players to get to know pieces they would be lucky ever to find anyone able to play. But he was just as happy playing the simplest movement of something with the youngest on the course to introduce them very gently to the joys of chamber music. Jacob’s death leaves a big hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and those involved in MusicWorks wanted to honour having known him by creating a scholarship in his name. This will enable a young pianist to come on the courses each year.

If you would like to make a donation to the Jacob Barnes Scholarship please contact us to let us know that you would like your donation to go towards this scholarship.