Elizabeth Lawrence - Liz as she was affectionately known - was born Elizabeth Bradbourne and under that name became well known as a writer and broadcaster. She wrote scripts for Women's Hour, BBC Schools programmes, the Times Educational Supplement and published works on education. Her work included “The Rainbow” series and also “The Open Door” reading schemes for young children. She was always interested in encouraging talent among children and young people as well as discovering new ways of helping those with learning difficulties. Liz greatly enjoyed music and, at her home in Dorset, she supported the recitals at the Bridport Arts Society where she especially encouraged young musicians. When some of her closest friends sought to preserve her memory through something close to her heart, they decided to create The Liz Lawrence Trust and provide the necessary funding for the annual award. WRM is privileged to administer the award on their behalf.
The award currently stands at £1000 per year and is given, through a competitive process, to a promising student in order to assist in his or her studies in higher education in the field of music. It is publicised each year by WRM during the Spring academic term.
Selection is through a competitive process which normally runs between March and September and is conducted by a panel of WRM members. Any style of music - vocal or instrumental or composition - will be considered as long as it is open to examination. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an audition and interview. They will be asked to sing or play two contrasting pieces and answer questions from the panel. Entry is open to any student within the Wiltshire Council administration area. It is not open to post graduate students. Applications are required in writing and guidelines for making these are provided to all Wiltshire Secondary schools.