Application Helpsheet 2021


Coronavirus update November 2020:  The current intention of the Trustees is to continue to provide support for students in the academic year 2021/22.  In 2020, it was necessary to cancel all live auditions for the Munster Trust Study Awards.  We are keeping all Government advice and restrictions relating to COVID-19 under review and, whilst we have set aside provisional dates for live auditions in London in the spring of 2021, there is a strong chance that these auditions will not be possible.   If that is the case, candidates will be assessed on the basis of their application forms, recordings and references, and so candidates are advised to ensure that their applications and recordings submitted to the Trust are as strong as they can be.

Online Application Form – below is listed the information that you will be required to provide on the Online Application Form.  It is possible to save your progress as you complete different stages of the Application Form but you may find it helpful to assemble the information you require before you start to complete the form online.

Remember – the closing date for submissions is midnight on 10th February 2021.

Personal Information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Other Names – maiden name (if applicable) or stage name (if different from above)
  • Date of birth – dd/mm/yyyy
  • Marital status (optional)
  • Country of birth / Nationality
  • Email
  • Mobile
  • Term-time Address
  • Permanent Address
  • Discipline / Instrument or Voice

Proposed Course of Study:

Here you can enter details of up to 2 institutions, or details for 1 institution & private study &/or a short course &/or a masterclass. Please keep the Secretary up-to-date with the progress of your applications if you are applying for more than one option.

  •  Name of intended institution(s); Details of private study; Details of short course or masterclass
  • Type of course (ie. postgraduate full-time or postgraduate part-time, or final year undergraduate if you are a jazz musician)
  • Title of course
  • Length of course and, if longer than 1 year, the year you are applying for
  • Names of prospective teachers (if known)
  • Whether or not you have been accepted onto your course (accepted, application pending, audition pending, etc.)

Financial information:

For each institution or private study/short course/masterclass – please provide:

Outgoings (please provide an estimated total amount for the whole academic year for which you are applying)

  • Tuition fees
  • Rent (over 10 months unless you have a 12-month contract)
  • Maintenance (for 10 months of academic year) which includes travel within the UK
  • Travel (as a separate item only if applying for study outside of UK). Travel within the UK should be included in your Maintenance figure
  • Any other information on outgoings that you feel the Trustees should have

 Income (estimated for academic year for which you are applying)

  • Scholarships/bursaries from the institution in respect of which you are making the application (only if money is already confirmed)
  • Family help
  • Personal savings
  • Teaching
  • Non-musical employment
  • Recital/orchestral work
  • Other sources, for instance a postgraduate loan

Education & Experience:

If you are not currently studying at an institution:

  • Details of what you are doing
  • If you are having private lessons, with whom and how often

If you are currently studying at an institution:

  • Name of institution
  • Title of course
  • Date of completion of your course

If you are already undertaking postgraduate study:

  • Details of first/undergraduate degree
  • Name of institution
  • Title of course studied and class of degree achieved
  • Graduation date

If you are currently on a second postgraduate course:

  • Details of any other postgraduate study
  • Name of institution
  • Title of course studied and class of degree achieved
  • Graduation date

In all cases:

  • Details of secondary school(s) and/or Junior Conservatoire(s) attended – names with dates (mm/yy-mm/yy)
  • Details of current teachers & past teachers – space to enter up to 4 names with dates (mm/yy-mm/yy)


  • What do you expect to achieve from further study? (limited to 460 characters not 460 words )
  • What has been the main focus of your studies at university/music college/conservatoire, including any prizes and awards won? (limited to 444 characters)
  • List the most significant public performances in the last 12 months, with dates (limited to 474 characters)
  • What are your career aims? (limited to 350 characters)

Additional Financial Information:

  • Student Debt & any other debts – amounts outstanding and repayment terms
  • Details of any funding received for your current studies or which you have received in the past towards your studies – not funding that you hope to receive in respect of the course for which you are applying
  • Details of where you have already applied for funding for the coming academic year or where you intend to apply for funding, in connection with the course of study to which this application relates – please include details of any applications pending – space for the names of up to 6 sources (only enter figures if the amounts are confirmed).

Any Other Information:

Please enter any other information that you feel is relevant to this application, including details of any disability or special requirements of which you would like the Trust to be aware.  Limited to 1015 characters.

Submission of video recordings:


We appreciate that making a recording may be different from usual this year in view of coronavirus restrictions.  We have produced a guide which includes some tips on how to produce a recording that will be acceptable to the Trustees no matter what your circumstances, but some specific points to bear in mind are:

  • The audio quality is more important than the video quality for your recordings but follow our tips on camera position, etc. The recording must be unedited;
  • You should try to submit accompanied pieces performed with an accompaniment but this can be a “minus-one track” if you are unable to record with an accompanist.  Check the balance between your playing and the accompaniment;
  • If you are unable to produce recordings specifically for your Munster Trust application, we will accept recordings made for, for instance, college video auditions, but we do require all recordings to be uploaded to YouTube and YouTube links added to your application.  All recordings should be from within the past 6 months (12 months for composition) and, if you have applied to the Trust in the past, please do not submit a recording/piece that you have used to support a previous application.

What to provide: SINGERS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS (except PERCUSSION – see below)

To accompany your application form, please include two YouTube links.  Each link must be to a video recording of you singing/playing within the previous 6 months.  The two pieces that you choose for your links must be contrasting in period, style and tempo, and each piece should be between 4 and 5 minutes long.

Do not submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer.

Ideally the recordings should not include long introductions by accompanying instruments and you do not need to introduce yourself or the piece.  There should be approximately five minutes of your performance on each recording.

We welcome recordings of you playing as part of a small band, so that the Trustees can judge your interaction with other players.  Where this is not possible, you may use backing tracks to replace the small band.  You should choose two pieces that best illustrate your interest and ability in areas of music that involve improvisation.

Piano Accompanists – Please include links to either:
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying an instrumentalist. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying a singer. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying, separately, a singer and an instrumentalist. Neither piece should exceed six minutes.
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.

Please contact the Trust Secretary on or on 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date if you need to discuss what it is possible for you to achieve and what the Trustees will be able to accept.

What to provide: 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.

If, on account of coronavirus restrictions, it is not possible for you to comply with these repertoire requirements, please contact the Trust Secretary on 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date to discuss what it is possible for you to achieve and what the Trustees will be able to accept.

What to provide: COMPOSERS

To accompany your application form, please include YouTube OR SoundCloud links to two recordings of recent compositions contrasting in style.  Two separate links are required – one for each piece.  These should have been recorded within the last 12 months, and within the last 6 months if possible.

Do not submit scores unless requested to do so.

Recordings of real performances are preferable but we appreciate that this may not be possible, particularly this year because of coronavirus restrictions.

If you have problems with these recording requirements, please contact the Trust Secretary on Trust Secretary on 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date.

Uploading to YouTube/SoundCloud:

  • 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 – please refer to the FAQs if necessary.
  • Please add the date on which the recording was made (and not just the date on which it was uploaded) to the Description section of YouTube or SoundCloud as you upload your recording.


Details of two referees are required.  You must ensure that two references are submitted online by the closing date (10th February 2021).  One reference must be from your current teacher, the other from a person with up-to-date knowledge of your musical training and study plans, for instance, your Head of Department.

  • Name of referee
  • Position
  • Contact details (telephone and email)

References can be submitted online from 1 January 2021 – please ask your referees to go to  The closing date for submission of references is midnight on 10 February 2021. References received after this deadline are unacceptable and the application will be considered invalid.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the references are submitted in time. Please feel free to contact the office to check whether your referees have submitted their references.  Please contact the Secretary on +44 (0)1428 685427 or if your referees have any difficulties submitting online.