Instrument Purchase Loans

Each year the Trust is able to offer a small number of interest-free loans to former beneficiaries who are on the threshold of their careers, to help with the purchase of musical instruments. This is in recognition of the problem which faces so many young musicians who, following their years of studentship, have no capital resources to equip themselves with the quality of instrument vital to the advancement of their careers. Such assistance is offered in the form of interest-free loans repayable over periods varying from 5 to 12 years depending on the size of the loan advanced. These loans are named “Knapton/Cavill Instrument Purchase Loans” in recognition of the legacy received by the Trust from the Estates of Miss Barbara Knapton and Mrs Kathleen Cavill for the purpose of supporting young professional musicians wishing to purchase instruments.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must have received a postgraduate study award from the Trust.
  • You must have completed (or be about to complete) your postgraduate studies and be either working as a young professional musician or looking to enter the music profession.

Application / Audition Procedure:

  • The application form will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • Please contact the Secretary on admin@munstertrust.org.uk if you encounter difficulties submitting online.
  • The closing date for submission of completed application forms, references & recordings is 10 February 2018.
  • You will not hear back from the Trust regarding auditions until early-mid April.
  • Auditions take place between April and June each year.  You must be prepared to audition in person in London.
  • Loans are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.
  • Please inform us on your application form if you have a disability or medical condition and require any additional help or support through the application process.

Referees:

  • Two references must be submitted by 10 February 2018 as part of your application.
  • The reference form will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • You need to ask your referees to go online, to follow the link entitled “Submit References?” from the homepage and to submit their reference before 10 February 2018.
  • References received after the closing date are unacceptable and the application will be considered invalid.
  • Please ask your referees to contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or admin@munstertrust.org.uk if they encounter any difficulties submitting online.
  • Please ensure your chosen referees are able to write in support of your application, giving particular attention to your future career prospects and dependability.  Comments on the suitability and price of the chosen instrument (if any) would also be helpful.

Video Recording Information:

To accompany your application form, please include YouTube links to video recordings of two pieces contrasting in period, style and tempo.  The pieces should be approximately five minutes long.

Please note: all video recordings must be publicly viewable.

  • Two separate links are required – one for each piece.  They should be video recordings from within the last 3 months and should be unedited and recorded using a single camera position.
  • Poor quality recordings will seriously compromise your chances of being offered an audition.
  • Do not submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer.
  • A video recording of a solo performance is preferred to performances of chamber music or with orchestral accompaniment.  However, it is not acceptable to submit an accompanied piece without the accompaniment.
  • A live recording is not regarded as intrinsically better than a studio recording. The video recording submitted is assessed as a musical whole and so applicants are advised not to include recordings in which the performance standard of any accompanying part is significantly lower than that of the applicant.
  • Please do not include long introductions by accompanying instruments or introduce yourself or the piece.  There should be approximately 5 minutes of your performance.
  • If invited to audition, you will not be able to perform the pieces you have submitted with your application.

Instrument Purchase Loan Application Form