Christian Raphael Prize 2019: Artist shortlist announced

Monday 29 July 2019

A career boosting Club Tent Showcase spot at Cambridge Folk Festival 2019 for duo, Mishra concludes a year of valuable artist support, thanks to the inspirational Christian Raphael Prize, launched for the very first time at last summer’s Festival.

This unique new prize for developing young talent, contributed £100 each month for a year towards the travel and marketing costs of touring, as well as time in a rehearsal space or recording studio. Also guaranteed is a Showcase spot in the Club Tent – one of five artists that have been spotted ‘as ones to watch’ during the year – which potentially leads to a slot on prestigious Stage 2 the following year. Last year’s winners Mishra (previously known as folk duo, Kate Griffin and Ford Collier) will be playing in the Club Tent on Sunday.

The prize, doubled this year to £2,400, has been established and funded by inspirational figure and keen supporter of Cambridge Folk Festival’s commitment to emerging young talent, Christian Raphael MBE. A 32 year-old man with severe and multiple learning disabilities who communicates non-verbally, Christian is a firm believer that disability is no barrier to having an ordinary life.

With an extensive circle of support, he lives independently pursuing many interests with music being central to his life. He has attended and enjoyed Cambridge Folk Festival since childhood, his influence helping to shape ever-progressing access facilities and, more recently, lending invaluable financial help to young musicians in the form of this newly established Christian Raphael Prize, now in its second year.

Talking about the impact of the award, Vicki Raphael, Christian’s mother said: “Over the past year it has been a delight for Christian and his family to follow the progress of Mishra...an enriching experience. We hope that this is just the beginning of an emerging network of artists who once won “The Christian Raphael Prize.”

The shortlist for this year’s prize was drawn from artists playing at the Festival’s renowned emerging talent stage, The Den.Shadowlark                                       
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Judging panel: Festival Manager Rebecca Stewart, Festival supporters: Adam Baghdadi; Christian Raphael and Vicki Raphael, Development Manager Sophie Channon, music PR specialist, Richard Wootton.The winner of the Christian Raphael Prize 2019 will be announced the week following the Festival. 

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