Postgraduate Study Awards

The Trustees are happy to receive applications from instrumentalists and singers looking to undertake performance-based postgraduate study as well as from composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study. The Trustees are prepared to consider applications for postgraduate study at up to two different institutions (in the event that you have not yet made a final decision on where you will be studying) and/or applications for private study, short courses or masterclasses.  You do not have to have been accepted on your course when you apply to the Trust but we ask you to keep the Secretary informed of progress with your application(s).

The Trustees will accept applications from students undertaking their second postgraduate year.

The Trustees are not prepared to accept applications for:

  • Courses which they perceive to be for Professional Development
  • Undergraduate/first degree courses
  • Musical Theatre, Popular Music and Music Therapy courses
  • Film composition courses
  • Conducting courses
  • MPhil and PhD courses – Students undertaking such courses are advised to contact the Arts & Humanities Research Council –

Eligibility Criteria:

The current policy of the Trust is to consider candidates (instrumentalists, singers & composers) for study awards who satisfy the following residency criteria:

  1. The applicant has either been resident in the UK for over ten years since birth or alternatively has successfully completed (by the end of the current academic year) at least three academic years of full-time study in a UK higher education institution (University / Music Conservatoire); and
  2. the applicant can prove that, based on the laws and regulations in force at the closing date for applications (10 February) and his/her personal circumstances, he/she automatically has permission to continue to reside and work in the UK following completion of higher education.

Commonwealth Candidates:  Reflecting the Trust’s 58 year record of supporting outstanding candidates from the Commonwealth, an exception will be made to requirements 1 and 2 in the case of applicants who are long-term residents of Commonwealth countries. These candidates’ applications should be for study in the UK only.

Please noteThe Trust may ask for proof of eligibility to be provided in the form of scans of passports, letters from the Home Office or other official information. Failure to provide such information when requested will result in your application being rejected. If you are currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, you are not eligible to apply.

If called to audition, you must audition in person in London on the date appropriate to your discipline.

Application / Audition Procedure:

  • Applications will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • Download the Applications Help Sheet 2018 which contains details of the information required to submit your application form.
  • The closing date for submission of completed application forms, references & video 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.
  • 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.
  • Awards are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.
  • Should you be successful you can apply for further support (the same application procedure applies).  However the Trustees can only offer a maximum of two awards.
  • Failure at Audition: In order to make best use of the Trust’s funds and enable the maximum number of new applications to be considered each year, those applicants who have failed to obtain an award after audition will not normally be reconsidered in a subsequent year.
  • You may re-apply to the Trust if you have applied but not been offered an audition (i.e. if you were turned down without audition). However if you are turned down without audition twice, you may not apply to the Trust for a third time.
  • Students who apply to the Trust too early in their training, therefore, risk jeopardising their chances of obtaining funding at a later date.
  • The Secretary of the Trust will not enter into correspondence with applicants, except to amplify or clarify their applications and is not at liberty to give applicants any assessment of their chances of success, nor to discuss reasons for failure.
  • Applicants who enter into correspondence with individual Trustees run the risk of prejudicing their case.
  • The granting or withholding of financial assistance is entirely at the collective discretion of the Trustees and in no circumstances will reasons be given for rejection or for the selection of one applicant as against another.


  • Two references must be submitted by 10 February 2018 as part of your application.
  • One reference must be the from your current teacher and the other  from a person with up-to-date knowledge of your musical training (e.g. your Head of Department).
  • 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 if they encounter any difficulties submitting online.

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 position camera/recorder.
  • Poor quality video 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 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 performance is not regarded as intrinsically better than a studio recording.  The 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 five minutes of your performance.
  • If invited to audition, you will not be able to perform the pieces you have submitted with your application.  If you have applied to the Trust in the past, you must not submit a recording/piece that you have used to support a previous application.
  • Piano Accompanists/Repetiteurs – please include links to two video recordings of you accompanying a singer. Please ensure that the piano part is not an orchestral reduction: in other words, only submit a piece that is written for piano and voice.


To accompany your application form, please include two YouTube links to video recordings as follows:

  • One video recording should consist of the following pieces:  Timpani: Hindemith Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber AND Snare Drum: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (Mvts 3 and 4)
  • The other video recording should consist of the following pieces: Xylophone: Gershwin Porgy and Bess Introduction AND Vibraphone: Bernstein West Side Story
  • Please note: all video recordings must be publicly viewable.
  • Poor quality video recordings will seriously compromise your chances of being offered an audition.
  • The video recordings should be from within the last 3 months and should be unedited and recorded using a single position camera/recorder.


To accompany your application form, please include YouTube OR SoundCloud links to two recordings of recent compositions contrasting in style.

Please note: all recordings must be publicly accessible.

  • Poor quality recordings will compromise your chances of your application being taken further.
  • Two separate links are required – one for each piece.  These should have been recorded within the last 3 months if possible.
  • Do not submit scores unless requested to do so.

Postgraduate Study Award Application Form