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To support their aspirations in the arts, THF bursaries are available for talented and ambitious young people up to the age of 19 who are living in Teignbridge and attending secondary schools/colleges. Bursaries support those facing financial challenges in achieving their aims. Full details are available on the bursary application page by clicking here: THF website. Eligibility criteria apply.

Lauren McDonald successfully applied for a Helen Foundation bursary in 2019. She had begun to learn the piano but family circumstances meant she lacked access to a suitable digital keyboard but which THF was able to supply. Also a very keen singer/songwriter, Lauren successfully applied too for singing lessons with Joanna Walling, Director at JJ’s arts Academy. Lauren was really well supported by her music teacher at school and trustees could see her potential.

Very shy at first and lacking confidence in her performance ability, since working with Joanna, Lauren has blossomed. She has also been coached by Robin Brown of The Cave. Click HERE for Lauren’s lovely recording of Feeling Good.

In support of Lauren’s application to THF, Robin wrote in 2019:

“Lauren and Nelia have been working very hard on their music this year and have risen to challenges such as performing for 45 minutes at the Powderham Food Festival as well Snooky Fest this past summer. Both Lauren and Nelia also performed together at Powderham Live! 2019.”

We wish Lauren every success as she continues with her musical studies and we'll keep you in touch with her progress!


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