Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme

The Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA) scheme celebrates top young musical talent and offers them performance and workshop prospects, while making it easier for leisure-time music groups to book them.

Since its launch as a prestigious award in 1961, PDGYA has helped kick start the careers of up-and-coming artists including Steven Isserlis, Craig Ogden, Jeremy Huw Williams and Joo Yeon Sir, by providing opportunities for them to be booked by Making Music’s 4,000+ member groups. Making Music offers members subsidies to make it more affordable for them to book these artists.

Following a review, we’re delighted to re-launch PDGYA as a reimagined scheme that supports a wider range of young solo artists and ensembles and appeals to more members for bookings. As of 2023, we are pleased to partner with Royal Over-Seas League and Brighton Early Music Festival who champion young musicians nationally and globally.  

Making Music members can claim subsidies to book these Young Artists for performances and workshops. Booking deadline is 30 April 2025, and performances can take place up to 30 April 2026. Find out more and apply for a subsidy.

2024 PDGYA artists 

Royal Over-Seas League soloists and ensembles:

Daffyd Jones – tenor

close-up of Daffyd
Photo credit: Julian Guidera

Welsh tenor Dafydd Jones is about to complete his Artist Diploma in Opera at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of Nicky Spence and Caroline Dowdle. He’s the recent winner of the ROSL Vocal Section Final and was awarded the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the 2023 Kathleen Ferrier Finals. Future engagements see him appearing as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Verbier Festival and then at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where he’ll be joining as a young artist.

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Daniel Shao – flute

Photo credit: Mike Skelton

Named in Classic FM’s '30 under 30', Daniel Shao is a British-Chinese flautist acclaimed for 'virtuosity, charm, and charisma in abundance' (The Telegraph). His many awards include 1st prizes at the Royal Over-Seas League Wind Competition, British Flute Society Young Artist, Oxford Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and he was a BBC Young Musician Finalist. As a soloist, he has worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (UK premiere of Ma Shui-Long’s Bamboo Concerto), National Symphony Orchestra, and Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

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Ignas Maknickas – piano

Ignas is a a classical concert pianist and Young Classical Artists Trust artist. At the moment he is finishing the Advanced Diploma programme at the Royal Academy of Music with professor Joanna MacGregor.

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Jordan Brooks – violin

As a musician, Jordan would describe himself as being a passionate and energetic performer. He feels the most comfortable and free when he communicates with an eager and enthusiastic audience. He is constantly aiming to discover new forms of inspiration in many aspects of music and life, and finding ways to incorporate those aspects and experiences into their craft. Outside of music, some of his favorite activities include long walks, going to concerts, and dance. 

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Apollo's Cabinet – baroque ensemble

Murder mysteries, drinking songs, European tours, and candlelit serenity all feature in the evocative and story driven programmes of Apollo’s Cabinet. The group comprises of Teresa Wrann (recorder), Thomas Pickering (harpsichord, recorder, traverso), Jonatan Bougt (theorbo, baroque guitar), Harry Buckoke (viola da gamba), David Lopez Ibanez (violin) and Daniel Watt (percussion). Winners of many international competitions like the Royal Overseas League Mixed Ensemble prize, Göttingen Händel Competition and Biber Competition, the group offer a signature mix of acting, dancing, poetry and drama to bring historical performance to modern audiences. Noteworthy performances include concerts at Bachfest Leipzig, London Händel Festival, Konzerthaus Vienna, Georgian Concert Society Edinburgh, AMUZ Antwerpen and BREMF. 

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Trio Archai - piano trio

Photo credit: Sophie Williams

Founded in Basel, Switzerland, Trio Archai are rapidly building momentum as an emerging young trio, made up of members Mar Valor Navarro (piano), Ayla Şahin (violin) and Finn Mannion (cello). In March 2024, Trio Archai won First Prize at the 72nd Royal Over-Seas League Competition, and in 2023 they were prizewinners at the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition. Upcoming engagements include performances at Wigmore Hall, Swiss Chamber Music Festival and Schaffhausen Klassik. In a bid to attract diverse audiences, the trio prioritises performing a wide variety of repertoire and curating innovative concert programs.

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Brighton Early Music Festival ensembles:

Bellot Ensemble – Early Music ensemble

Photo credit: Olivia Da Costa

Bellot Ensemble is an Early Music ensemble, with the core team comprised of members Lucine Musaelian (soprano, viola da gamba), Edmund Taylor (violin), Olivia Petryszak (recorder), Chris McClain (violin, viola), Pablo Tejedor-Gutierrez (cello), Danny Murphy (theorbo) and Mathew Brown (keyboard). As a group they pride themselves on the energy and passion they give with every performance along with their style-specific improvisations. The ensemble specialises in 16th and 17th century repertoire with research into written divisions and the contextual texts of the time. This practical research is greatly influenced by their working with talented singers in regular collaborations with consorts, choirs and opera societies.

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Música d’Outrora – Early Music quartet

Música d'Outrora, a versatile four-piece chamber ensemble, focuses on exploring and reviving 17th century Italian Baroque music, especially the trio sonata genre. Members Christi Park (baroque violin), Timothy Lin (viola da gamba, violoncello, baroque cello), Pablo Devigo (harpsichord, chamber organ) and Louis Moisan (theorbo, baroque guitar) bring diverse expertise, from violin pedagogy to French baroque notation. Since 2022, they've gained recognition by securing grants from the Continuo Foundation for a 2023 concert tour and a 2024 album recording. Engaged in prestigious programmes like the Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artists scheme, New Generation Baroque Ensemble Masterclass and Gli Incogniti Academy, they benefit from coaching by historical performance experts and are committed to performances as well as educational outreach.

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The Portrait Players – trio

Described as 'beguiling', The Portrait Players formed at the end of 2022 for a concert of Händel’s Cantatas and German Arias, with members Miri Nohl (cello, viols), Kristiina Watt (theorbo, lutes, guitar) and Claire Ward (soprano). Since then the ensemble continues to grow in popularity and performs regularly across the UK. The trio curate programmes which make historical performance relevant and inspiring to modern audiences, drawing on stories of historical and fictional characters, and the informality of the 17th century salon culture.

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Previous PDG Young Artists


Double bass
2018 Toby Hughes

1974 Emma Ferrand
1979 Steven Isserlis
1990 Louise Hopkins
1994 Richard May
1998 Jamie Walton
2000 Tim Wells
2002 Gemma Rosefield
2005 Alexandra Scott
2006 Oliver Coates
2008 James Barralet
2010 Philip Higham
2011 Y2, Yelian He
2012 Adi Tal
2013 Ariana Kashefi
2014 Alberto Casadei
2015 Ella Rundle
2016 Yoanna Prodanova
2019 Indira Grier
2023 Gerard Flotats

1990 Rachel Bolt
2000 Juliet Jopling
2006 Dimitri Murrath
2016 Rosalind Ventris
2017 Luba Tunnicliffe

1964 Frances Mason
1984 Lorraine McAsalan
1990 Leo Payne
1994 Simon Blendis
2001 Helen Wood
2002 Benjamin Wragg
2004 Nadia Wijzenbeek
2005 Fenella Humphreys
2006 Thomas Gould
2007 Diana Galvydyte
2007 Dmitri Torchinsky
2008 Sara Deborah Struntz
2009 Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
2009 Mathieu van Bellen
2012 Edgar Bailey
2013 Adelia Myslov
2014 Joo Yeon Sir
2015 Savitri Grier
2016 Michael Foyle
2016 Júlia Pusker
2017 Emily Sun
2018 Alexandra Lomeiko
2019 Abel Puustinen
2020 Eleanor Corr
2021 Madeleine Pickering

1994 Craig Ogden
2014 Manus Noble
2016 Laura Snowden
2021 Emanuele Addis

1969 Susan Drake
1994 Susan Blair
2000 Catriona McKay
2005 Eleanor Turner
2017 Rosanna Rolton
2020 Elizabeth Bass


1976 Philippa Davies
1981 Margaret Campbell
1986 Ileana Rutherton
1994 Emily Beynon
2003 Burak Besir
2004 Juliette Bausor
2012 Rosanna Ter-Berg
2014 Katherine Birtles
2015 Charlotte Ashton
2018 Emma Halnan
2020 Sirius Chau



1965 Janet Hilton
1971 Roger Fallows
1990 Anthony Pike
1998 Corinna Harris
2007 Katie Lockhart
2010 Boyan Ivanov
2011 Daniel Broncano
2012 Mark Simpson
2013 Joseph Shiner
2014 Matthew Scott
2021 James Gilbert
2023 Emile Souvagie

2000 Owen Dennis
2019 Amy Roberts

1990 Gerard McChrystal
1998 Damien Royonnais
2000 Sarah Field
2005 John Barker
2009 Hannah Marcinowicz
2011 Huw Wiggin
2013 Anthony Brown
2014 Amy Green
2017 Jonathan Radford
2018 Lewis Banks
2019 Manu Brazo


2003 David Childs
2023 James Blackford

French Horn
2007 Alec Frank-Gemmill

2010 Huw Morgan
2017 Matilda Lloyd


2004 O Duo


1961 John Barstow
1973 Philip Fowke
1978 Paul Coker
1983 Benjamin Frith
1988 Andrew West
1992 James Kirby
1992 Anthony Hewitt
1992 Eryl Lloyd Williams
1996 Stephen de Pledge
1996 Anthony Zerpa Falcon
1996 Viv McLean
1998 Roderick Chadwick
2000 Mark Nixon
2001 Ron Abramski
2001 Geoffrey Duce
2002 The Saxel Piano Duo
2002 David Quigley
2003 Bobby Chen
2003 Javier Negrin
2004 Samantha Ward
2005 Alasdair Beatson
2006 Luis Pares
2006 Evelina Puzaite
2007 Amandine Savary
2008 Jessica Chan
2008 James Willshire
2009 Néstor Bayona Pifarré
2009 Michael Ierace
2010 Olivia Sham, Shuenda Wong
2011 James Sherlock
2011 Y2, Yasmin Rowe
2013 Joseph Houston
2013 Mario Mora
2014 Mario Panteliadis
2014 Alexander Soares
2015 Jinah Shim
2016 Dinara Klinton
2017 Florian Mitrea
2018 Ugnius Pauliukonis
2019 Antonina Suhanova
2020 Antoine Préat
2021 Victor Lim
2023 Bocheng Wang


Female voices
1970 Anne Collins (Contralto)
1975 Kathleen Livingstone (Soprano)
1980 Ann Mackay (Soprano)
1985 Christine Bunning (Soprano)
1989 Mary Plazas (Soprano)
1993 Susanne Teufel (Soprano)
1993 Carole Court (Mezzo)
1993 Yvonne Rossen (Fontane) (Mezzo)
1993 Jane Irwin (Mezzo)
1997 Louise Mott (Mezzo)
1997 Aileen Sim (Soprano)
1999 Donna Bateman (Soprano)
2001 Kathryn McGuckin (Soprano)
2001 Julianne Young (Mezzo)
2003 Elizabeth Watts (Soprano)
2004 Jennifer Johnston (Mezzo)
2006 Elena Xanthoudakis (Soprano)
2007 Daniela Lehner
2008 Stephanie Corley (Soprano)
2008 Erica Eloff (Soprano)
2009 Sarah Power (Soprano)
2010 Mae Heydorn (Mezzo-soprano), Valda Wilson (Soprano)
2011 Caroline MacPhie (Soprano)
2011 Robyn Allegra Parton (Soprano)
2012 Lucy Roberts (Soprano)
2013 Laura Margaret Smith (Mezzo-soprano)
2015 Joanna Songi (Soprano)
2015 Nazan Fikret (Soprano)
2016 Raphaela Papadakis (Soprano)
2018 Catriona Hewitson (Soprano)
2019 Charlotte Bowden (Soprano)
2020 Natasha Page (Soprano)
2023 Annabel Kennedy (Mezzo-soprano)

Male voices
1968 Richard Angas (Bass)
1972 Neil Jenkins (Tenor)
1977 David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone)
1982 Stewart Buchanan (Baritone)
1987 Peter Langham-Evans (Baritone)
1991 Christopher Foster (Bass-Baritone)
1991 Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
1991 Henry Wickham (Baritone)
1995 Roderick Williams (Baritone)
1995 Jeremy Huw Williams (Baritone)
1995 William Purefoy (Counter Tenor)
1995 Stephen Wallace (Counter Tenor)
1999 Andrew Moore (Baritone)
2003 Mark Chaundy (Tenor)
2005 Nicholas Mulroy
2012 Njabulo Madlala (Baritone)
2021 Michael Gibson (Tenor)


Fibonacci Quartet (string quartet)
Lumas Winds (wind quintet)
Flutes & Frets Duo (instrumental duo)
Horizon Voices (SSATB vocal ensemble)
Liturina (Early Music chamber ensemble)
Tufnell Trio (string trio)