Ben Pedley Award

For outstanding contribution to the musical community of the University.

We are proud to present the Ben Pedley Award for outstanding contribution to the musical community of the University each year, in memory of second year undergraduate student Ben Pedley.

This award is open to all students in their second year of undergraduate study at the University who regularly take part in musical activity. This could include membership of ensembles and music societies within the University or in the wider local community. We are seeking nominees who are a positive ambassador for music.

Nominations are invited from any member of the University and local community, including staff, students and local community members.

The winner of this prestigious award will receive a monetary prize of £150 and will be presented with their award at the Spring concert each year.


How to nominate someone:

Nominations will reopen in the Autumn Term 2019.

Current Winner:

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Ben Pedley Award for 2019 is Clara Hart, a second-year undergraduate studying for a BA Primary Education & Music. The award is made for outstanding contribution to the musical community of the University and is presented in memory of second-year undergraduate student Ben Pedley.

We caught up with Clara to find out what winning the award meant to her:Clara-Pedley

"Since coming to Reading I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a range of musical activities. I am delighted that my contributions have been recognised by receiving this award. I am sure I will continue to enjoy many musical opportunities throughout the rest of my time here and extend my thanks to the many people that make them happen"

The presentation of the award will take place during the Spring Festival performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. The University's Festival Sinfonia and Festival Voices are giving this concert performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at 19:30 on Saturday 9 March 2019 in the Great Hall, London Road campus. The duration of concert will be about two hours including an interval. You can find out more information and book your tickets here:


Previous Winners:

2018: Charlotte Lynch, second year undergraduate, BA Primary Education with Music Specialism.

In his presentation speech, the Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said:

'To say she is active in music performance is quite an understatement'

'If Ben were here tonight, he would recognise in Charlotte a kindred spirit because she is talented, reliable, friendly and always a pleasure to work with. She is a positive force in any ensemble, working always for the benefit of her peers. It is a testament to her standing that she received multiple nominations for this award. She is a worthy recipient of the Ben Pedley Award and sets the bar very high for those who will follow her.'

Charlotte was presented with her award at the Ben Pedley Memorial Concert, on Saturday 10 March 2018 by the Vice Chancellor, and members of Ben's family.

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