A STUDENT from Keswick has been awarded a bursary from a Workington choir as the group look to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a special concert.

Twelve-year-old Mia Kubasiewicz, a student at Keswick School, has been awarded a Carnegie Singers Young Musician Bursary and will be appearing with the choir on Saturday, April 20 in St Michael’s church. She will perform two solo pieces on violin as well as playing as a member of the string ensemble that will support the choir at their 50th anniversary concert.

The Young Musician Bursary has been supported by both Workington Rotary clubs and Allerdale GDF. This is the second time the award has been given; in December three winners of the Young Pianist Bursary appeared in the Carnegie Singers Christmas concert.

Musical Director Stephen Hunter, said: “ Mia’s playing at the audition was so confident and musical with such a mature approach to the pieces she played we had no hesitation in offering her the £200 bursary. We are really looking forward to her sharing our concert with us later in April”.

The concert will also feature,”50”, a piece specially commissioned by Carnegie Singers and composed by Alex Clarke. Alex will be piano accompanist for the choir and for soloists Keri Farish and Kim Brough.

Carnegie Singers is a community choir of mixed voices founded in 1974 by Gerald Gillett. They perform regularly across West Cumbria