Events and News

Studio portrait of Leong Siew-Yue (later Siew-Yue Killingley) 1958

Studio portrait of Leong Siew-Yue (later Siew-Yue Killingley) by Century Photographers, Kuala Lumpur, about 1958


Like everything else, the S.Y.K. Trust is affected by the Covid19 pandemic. So we haven’t been able to have any concerts or other events. But we are still here: we’re sorry we can’t meet applicants face to face, but we interview them online.

So you can still Apply for a grant or Contact us, and we’ll see how we can help you.

Book: Narrowboat Music: Poems of Life

by Robert Jackson and Dermot Killingley

 on sale in aid of the Trust £9.00 post-free from

Grevatt & Grevatt, 9, Rectory Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1XT,

Congratulations to Toni Fraser who has achieved Distinction in the Advanced Diploma in British Sign Language Interpreting, with support from the Trust.

Congratulations to Debbie Purtill who has achieved Merit in her MA in Professional Dance Practice at Teesside University, with support from the Trust.

Congratulations to Fiona Fitzpatrick who has qualified as an Art Psychotherapist with an MA from Leeds Becket University, with support from the Trust.

Congratulations to Katie Stamps who graduated as MA (with distinction) at Newcastle University on 3rd December 2014.

Congratulations to Michael Haynes on completing his MMus at Newcastle University, with support from the Trust.

Congratulations to Rebecca Gill on her PhD at Newcastle University. She wrote a thesis on “Intergenerational autobiography, historical narrative and trauma: Maternal life stories in postcolonial women’s writing” with support from the Trust.

Congratulations to Juliana Mensah on her PhD at Newcastle University in 2019. She gained a distinction in creative writing, with support from the Trust. Congratulations again on her post at York University, 2020.

Past events:

On Saturday 5th October 2019, at 3.00 pm, the singing group Simply Lyrical,with Peter Waugh (piano and organ), gave a concert: Music for an Autumn Afternoon at Trinity Church, Gosforth.

On Tuesday 14th March 2017, Ana Fernandez Guerra (soprano) and David Murray (piano) gave a recital at The Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Ana sang  Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera; Poulenc: Trois Poèmes de Louise Lalanne; Purcell: If Music be the Food of Love; Britten: Three Cabaret Songs, and David played five of Debussy’s Préludes, Book 1.

On Friday 28th October, 2016, the Denison Trio—Ellie Horrigan (violin), Ben Horrigan (cello) and David Wishart (piano)—gave a concert in aid of the Trust at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle.  The programme was Bloch: Three Nocturnes for violin, cello and piano— Sculthorpe: Night Pieces for piano—Grieg: Notturno for piano—Corigliano: Red Violin Caprices for violin—Wishart: Stargazer for violin, cello and piano—Beethoven: Trio in C minor for violin, cello and piano. This was the world première of Stargazer, and they played it again as an encore. The audience was enthusiastic. The Trust is very grateful to the Trio, who came from Manchester and Berlin to perform.

On Saturday 31st October 2015, vocal trio Simply Lyrical performed “Contrasts”: songs from the shows, light opera, folk & sacred songs, with organ interludes by Peter Waugh, who also accompanied the trio. The Trust is very grateful to Peter and the three singers, Julie Gardner (Soprano), Michael Gardner (baritone) and Hazel Glynn (mezzo-soprano).

On Thursday 6th November 2014 Ellie Horrigan (violin), Ben Horrigan (cello) and David Wishart (piano) gave a concert in aid of the Trust at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Ben is Siew-Yue’s grandson, and Ellie is his wife. The concert began with the last three songs from Schubert’s Winterreise, arranged for piano trio by David Wishart, and ended with the trio by Fauré, one of Siew-Yue’s favourite composers. The Trust is grateful to the three players, who came from Manchester to perform.

On Saturday 14th December 2013 at 11.00 a.m. the Trust held a Family Carol Service at Trinity Church, Gosforth (NE3 4AG), led by Andrea Cozens, Trinity’s Family and Youth Worker.

On Saturday 9th November 2013 at 6.00, at Trinity Church, Gosforth, the Trust presented PIE JESU: Popular Classics for Organ and Soprano at Remembrance-tide.

Michael Haynes, Director of Music at St Chad’s College, Durham, played organ pieces from Bach to the present, and Hannah Reynolds sang three settings of the Requiem prayer Pie Jesu, by Gabriel Fauré, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Rutter. The audience were most appreciative, and ended by singing Parry’s Jerusalem to the organ.

After the music, the audience, performers and Trustees met together for refreshments, while Christmas cards were sold in aid of the Trust. The Trust is grateful to Michael and Hannah for their music, and to Trinity Church for hosting the event.

Singer-songwriter Simon Hopper and guitarist Leigh Trowbridge gave a concert at St. Silas Church Hall, Clifford Street, Byker on Saturday, 13th October 2102, which raised over £200.00 for the Trust.

Simon has sung on radio and on CD. His songs are tender, hard-hitting, and funny. Read more in Simon Hopper Biography. As well as singing and introducing his songs, he talked gratefully about how Siew-Yue helped him when he was a student, which is why he gave us this concert. Here’s what he says about it.

An organ recital on Friday 20th May 2011 in Trinity Church, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, raised £500.00 for the Trust.

We are grateful to John Goodenough FRCO for preparing and performing this recital as a gift to the Trust, introducing it with informative talks and illustrating it with projections. We are also grateful to the anonymous donor who defrayed the costs.

A Carol Service in aid of the Trust was held in the Church of St. Thomas the Martyr, Haymarket, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Saturday 17th December 2011, led by the Revd Jean Skinner.

St. Paul’s Youth Ensemble, conducted by Nicholas Nowicki, led the music, and John Goodenough played the church’s magnificent organ.

We are grateful to all the above, and to all who took part and contributed to the Trust. The Trust hopes to hold further musical events in future