Postgraduate Study Awards

You may apply to the Trust if:

you are a singer or instrumentalist looking to undertake performance-based postgraduate study; or

composer looking to undertake postgraduate study.

Your application may be for postgraduate study:

at up to two different institutions (if you have not yet made a final decision on where you will be studying);

and/or for private study, short courses or masterclasses.

You do not have to have been accepted on your course when you apply to the Trust.  Applications will be accepted from students undertaking their second or subsequent postgraduate year.

You may not apply for:

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

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 60 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 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 unless you fall into the exception for Commonwealth residents outlined above.

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

Application Procedure:

  • Applications will be available for online submission from 1 January 2019.  A complete application consists of the online application form, two recordings and two references – see below for more details.
  • Download the Applications Help Sheet 2019 which contains details of the information required to submit your application.
  • The closing date for submission of completed application forms, references & recordings is midnight on 10 February 2019.
  • Please contact us by email if you require additional help or support through the application and audition process.
  • Awards are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.
  • If you have been successful in being offered an award once before in the past, you can apply for further support (the same application procedure applies).  However, the Trustees can only offer a maximum of two awards.
  • You may also re-apply to the Trust if you have applied in the past but not been offered an award.  However, if you have been turned down without an award twice in the past, 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.

Referees:

  • Two references must be submitted by 10 February 2019 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 (www.munstertrust.org.uk) from 1 January 2019.
  • 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 2019.
  • 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.

Recording Information:

SINGERS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS (except PERCUSSION – see below)

To accompany your application form, please include YouTube links.  Each link must be to a recording of you singing/playing within the previous 3 months.  The two pieces that you choose for your links must be contrasting in period, style and tempo, and each piece must be between 4 and 5 minutes long.  The Trustees can only listen for a maximum of 5 minutes per recording.

Please note: all video recordings must be publicly viewable.  Please use either the unlisted or public privacy setting.  Ensure that all advertisements are turned off.

  • Poor quality video recordings will seriously compromise your chances of being offered an audition.  The recordings should be unedited and recorded using a single position camera/recorder.
  • 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.  Jazz artists can submit a recording performed as part of an ensemble but the Trustees will need to be able to distinguish the applicant’s playing clearly.
  • 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 on each recording.
  • We ask you to remove any advertising from your YouTube videos – please refer to the FAQs if necessary.
  • 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 – Please include links to either:
      1. Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying a singer. Each piano part must be original and NOT an orchestral reduction. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
      1. Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying, separately, a singer and an instrumentalist. The piano parts must be original and not be orchestral reductions. Neither piece should exceed six minutes; or
      1. Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying an instrumentalist. Each piano part must be original and NOT an orchestral reduction. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes.
      The performances will be judged as a whole and so you should consider carefully your choice of singer/instrumentalist. When selecting your pieces and making your recordings, please bear in mind that the Trustees wish to be able to judge both your abilities as a pianist and your skills as an accompanist.

PERCUSSION

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.  Please use either the unlisted or public privacy setting.  Ensure that there are all advertisements are turned off.
  • 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.

COMPOSERS

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.  Ensure that all advertisements are turned off.

  • 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.

If you have problems with these recording requirements, please contact the Secretary on admin@munstertrust.org.uk well in advance of the application closing date.

Auditions and Awards:

  • Once you have successfully submitted your application and recordings, and your references have been received by the Trust, 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.
  • The provisional dates for the auditions in 2019 are as follows:
    Voice – Tuesday 9th April 2019
    Voice/Jazz – Tuesday 16th April 2019
    Strings/Recital Scheme – Monday 29th April 2019
    Keyboard/Recital Scheme – Wednesday 8th May 2019
    Brass/Percussion/Woodwind – Monday 13th May 2019
    Woodwind – Wednesday 22nd May 2019
    Strings – Thursday 30th May 2019
    Composers’ Interviews – Monday 17th June 2019.

Awards are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.  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. 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.

Privacy:

Applicants are advised that the information submitted, including personal information, will be used for assessment and evaluation purposes by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Trustees, staff and appointed independent advisers. The Countess of Munster Musical Trust will use the information that you submit on the application form to help us determine your suitability for an audition, award and other related purposes. For full details of our Privacy Notice, please click here. If you have any queries regarding the personal information we hold about you, please address them to the Secretary.

Postgraduate Study Award Application Form