Harvington musician honoured with first Olly Irwin Award - The Evesham Observer

Harvington musician honoured with first Olly Irwin Award

Evesham Editorial 19th Sep, 2023   0

HENRY Dorrell, an enthusiastic young musician from Harvington has been selected to receive the first Olly Irwin Award.

The Award, launched in June by Severn Arts in partnership with BIMM Institute Birmingham, is in memory of local musician Olly Irwin who sadly passed away in Worcester in 2021.

Henry Dorrell, Award winner said: “It is a big honour to be the first recipient of the Award. I’m so proud that I’ve been chosen to carry on Olly’s legacy. It is amazing that Olly is still helping people today. It means a lot to me because I’ve always struggled to afford the correct equipment.

“I feel very excited and hope this brings me good opportunities in the future. I’d like to say thank you to Sue for making this possible and I hope I make Sue and Olly proud.”

Henry ‘s application demonstrated a longstanding and passionate interest in music and a determined ambition to develop and learn from advanced and knowledgeable musicians. This, combined with a dream to be able to buy more digital kit so that he could record his own music made him a winner with the judges.

Through the Award Henry will receive six online mentoring sessions with Jonny Amos a music technology expert from BIMM Institute and he will receive £500 to spend on equipment or an activity to develop his musical journey.

Jonny Amos, BIMM mentor said: “It’s an honour to be playing a part in such an important project that creates a legacy in the memory of Olly Irwin. It will be great to be able to offer Henry some valuable time and insight on his music making path.”

Sue Irwin, Olly Irwin’s mother said: “This award is a wonderful way to honour Olly’s life and to continue the extraordinary legacy that he has left behind. Henry’s passion for music, together with his courage and determination to further develop his skills and knowledge make him the perfect young person to receive the award. Speaking on behalf of Olly’s family, I’d like to wish Henry good luck and every success for the future.”

All Worcestershire young people aged 15 – 17 years with an interest in music technology, DJ-ing and music recording looking for an opportunity to develop their skills in music production and music technology were invited to apply for the Award.

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