Join a band of young artists and designers in competition

Some of the Luton Bandstand project design entries
Some of the Luton Bandstand project design entries

The Rotary Bandstand for Luton and the Rotary Youth Trust for Luton have announced the judging panel for the Bandstand Design Competition.

The contest, launched in May, is encouraging young artists and creative thinkers to design a bandstand for Wardown Park.

Many entries have been submitted and judges have been appointed to choose the best designs, but there’s still time to enter.

The judges, headed by Haydn Sinfield, are Lord Bill McKenzie (patron of the charity); Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North MP and music enthusiast); Cheryl Smart (chief executive of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce); Colin Davies (head of art and design, University of Bedfordshire); Gareth Lloyd (BBC Three Counties Radio presenter, percussionist and Luton youth music teacher); Julia Siegler (trustee for Rotary Youth Trust for Luton) and Phyllida Mills (architect from Mills Power).

Mr Sinfield said: “We know there is vast talent among the young people of Luton and it’s going to be a tough job to select just three winners.”

There are prizes for the winning individual and school or organisation and all entrants will receive a certificate. Winners will also see aspects of each of their designs acknowledged in the final design. Anyone up to the age of 22 (on December 31) can enter a design.

Final entry date has been extended to December 31.

There are three age groups (U11, 11-15, 16-22) and prizes are: U11, £250 for the individual and £500 for the school/organisation); 11-15, £250 for the individual and £1,000 for the school/organisation; 16-22, £2,500 bursary/grant and £500 for the school/organisation.

To register for the competition, go to Winners will be chosen in January.

Lord Bill McKenzie said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to use their creative talent and to become a part of the future history of Luton and Wardown Park.”

A Justgiving page has been set up to donate to the project however big or small: You can also donate by texting RBFL44 and the amount to 70070.

To find out more about the project visit