Recent News

2022 DEBUT winners announced!

This week, our final 16 joined us in London at our live auditions and after a day of superb performances from an incredibly talented group of young musicians, the panel made their decision.

We are delighted to announce our 2022 Tillett DEBUT Artists:

Echea Quartet

Ryan Corbett (accordion)

Yuanfan Yang (piano)

Maja Horvat (violin)

Thank you to everyone that auditioned, there was an exceptionally high standard of playing. We now look forward to working with these 7 young musicians over the next two years.

16 finalists chosen for DEBUT

The 16 musicians/ensembles chosen to go through to the live audition round in February 2022 are:

Brompton Quartet, Ryan Corbett (accordion), Echea Quartet, Edenis Quartet, Elmore Quartet, Flutes & Frets, Maja Horvat (violin), Krystof Kohout (violin), Yanyan Lin (cello), Nikita Lukinov (piano), Paddington Trio, Perseus Duo, Antoine Preat (piano), Gabriele Sutkute (piano), Ka Wing Wong (flute), Yuanfan Yang (piano).

Thank you to all our applicants!

A New Season Begins

As the 2021-22 concert season begins after the Summer, it is heartening to see venues with full programmes and a return to work for at least some musicians and performers. The Tillett Trust has been busy making bookings for its current artists for this coming season and as far ahead as 2023 as postponed seasons have pushed things back by a year or more.

We are also about to launch the application process for next year’s DEBUT Tillett Artists. Having had to cancel last year’s auditions due to Covid-19 we are very excited to see and hear a new group of exceptional young musicians from which we will select the next cohort of Tillett musicians.

Watch this space!

Latest news – January 2021

As we start a new year, things remain relatively quiet on the live music front, but our artists haven’t stood still waiting for it all to pass. Our newest DEBUT Artists have been busy recording, filming and streaming so that when concerts with audiences come back, they can hit the ground running. The Tillett Trust has been doing everything it can to aid them in these projects.

Pianist Dominic Degavino has been producing an almost uninterrupted series of streamed concerts since July last year, all of which can be found on his website. Plus, his concert of Brahms, Bach and Debussy from December for Kings Lynn Festival will be available to watch from Thursday 28th January, so watch out for that here.

Connaught Brass have also been busy and have managed to carefully navigate the added difficulties of playing in a brass group during this time. They are about to release a video sponsored by the Tillett Trust that they recorded at Henry Wood Hall in December. We will post that on here as soon as it becomes available.

Image: Connaught Brass perform for a live-streamed concert for Canterbury Music Club in December

Wigmore Hall postponed

Postponement of Presentation Concert 23 November. This date has been postponed by Wigmore Hall due to the coronavirus.  We are assured by management that they will reschedule all dates lost to the pandemic in due course.  The new date will be posted on this website as soon as more is known.  In the meantime, please keep visiting our artists’ websites to see and hear samples of their playing.


As for so many musicians around the world, the COVID-19 situation has brought its challenges for our DEBUT artists. All live concerts have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, the musicians have been using different and imaginative ways of reaching out to their audiences during lockdown. Visit our DEBUT Winners page to hear and see our artists via their individual website links Current & previous winners

The Tillett Trust is continuing to pay sponsorship fees to DEBUT artists for the concerts they would have been performing during this period.  If you would like to make a donation to support our young artists at a time when their incomes have been decimated,  you can do so via our donations page  Donations