Ensembles

Students should consult websites and literature produced by the individual funding organisations for complete and up-to-date information & for relevant application forms.

HATTORI FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
The Hattori Foundation assists instrumentalists of exceptional talent to pursue a solo career.  Awards of up to £6,000 are available to British nationals or UK residents aged 21-27 (Seniors). Awards of up to £1,000 are also available to those aged 15-20 (Juniors). Ensembles whose average age does not exceed 27 may also apply. Awards are made for intensive private study, maintenance, the costs of attending masterclasses or international competitions , or assistance with concert performances.  No assistance is given for the purchase or repair of instruments, or for course fees. Junior applicants should apply at least 2 months prior to their project taking place. Contact Sarah Dickinson on 020 7620 3053 or email admin@hattorifoundation.org.ukhttp://www.hattorifoundation.org.uk/awards.html

PARKHOUSE AWARD
Since 1991, when it made its first award to the Grieg Trio, The Parkhouse Award has been an important chamber music competition, helping ensembles of piano and strings with vital support during the early stages of their career by presenting them in prestigious London concert halls. The competition is open to ensembles living in the UK or overseas who have already assumed, or are ready to assume, all the responsibilities of a professional career and who can demonstrate that they have been performing together regularly.  Contact : Gwenneth Bransby-Zachary, GBZ Management, PO Box 11845, London SE21 8ZS. Telephone 020 8761 email:parkhouse@gbz.demon.co.uk
The Parkhouse Award is inviting entries for the 2019 competition from ensembles of piano with strings – duo with violin, viola or cello; piano trio; piano quartet. Deadline for entry 1 December 2018.  Basic requirement is that ensembles must have been working together during 2017 and 2018 Full Details at http://www.parkhouseaward.com/

PHILHARMONIA MMSF INSTRUMENTAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
The Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, has given invaluable support to countless young musicians since 1968. Its anonymous founder and benefactor provided enough money to enable exceptionally talented students to bridge the difficult gap between full-time study and professional status.
Many Martin Musical Scholarship Fund award winners have gone on to extremely successful orchestral or solo careers. Alumni include Benjamin Baker, Alison Balsom, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Freddy Kempf, Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike, Laurence Power, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian. Philharmonia Orchestra players have also been beneficiaries such as current members Byron Fulcher and Mark van de Wiel.
With the support of its donors and after an extensive review, the Philharmonia Orchestra has re-designed the scheme to form the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme. This is a more enhanced offer for young musicians, supporting those instrumentalists who are specifically seeking an orchestral career and connecting them to the wider life of the Philharmonia and the expertise within its membership.
Website: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/education/emerging_artists/about_the_fellowships.

THE TUNNELL TRUST 
Assists young professional chamber music ensembles and Scottish Music Clubs by running its Music Clubs Award Scheme whereby the Trust pays the fees of outstanding young groups to play at Music Clubs all over Scotland with an emphasis on helping Clubs in small and remote places as well as in the major centres. Applicants must be emerging ‘Classical’ Chamber Groups (up to 8 players) who are British Based. Groups are normally expected to be at a ‘Senior Undergraduate’ or ‘Post Graduate’ level.  For all enquiries contact the Awards Scheme Administrator,  Tom Chadwick. by telephone: 01506 844 058 or email  tom.chadwick@virgin.net. Website: www.tunnelltrust.org.uk

WIGMORE HALL INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION
The triennial Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition requires contestants to perform Classical, Romantic and contemporary repertoire. The event offers the winning ensembles opportunities for career development.  Entrants must be under 35 .  For further details visit: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/string-quartet-competition/wigmore-hall-international-string-quartet-competition

YORK EARLY MUSIC INTERNATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION
The Competition provides a major boost to young professional careers, offering opportunities for performances, recording and broadcasting, and a route to the prestigious EEEmerging project. The competition is open to early usic ensembles (minimum 2 members) where the average age of the members is 32 years or under. The ensemble must focus on historically informed performance practice and play repertory of any period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on period instruments. For further details visit: National Centre for Early Music

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