Scholarship & Bursary Information

As part of our charitable remit we offer a number of different scholarships and bursaries, giving those who struggle to meet our course fees the opportunity to join us.

We provide a number of bursaries towards the cost of our conducting courses for UK nationals, courtesy of the John Lewis Partnership. These bursaries are available to teachers and vocal leaders working with primary school children and also to those aged 16-26 considering a career in this area. They are available to those financially unsupported by their school or LEA, and applicants must request funding from these sources before applying for a bursary. Applicants are required to fully complete their course to be eligible for the bursary; non-completion will result in the full course fee falling payable. By applying for a bursary, applicants accept these terms and a post-course report will be required within one month of completion. Please note: a bursary does not cover the full cost of a course, but reduces the cost to make it more affordable.

If you wish to be considered for this financial assistance in the absence of funding from your school or LEA, you should check carefully that the above criteria apply to you, and then submit an application for the conducting course of your choice, ticking the relevant box on the form to indicate that you would like to apply for a bursary. Your request will then be considered and a decision advised as soon as is practically possible.

Please contact us if you have any additional queries about bursary applications not covered above.

SFP-033Each year, a small number of bursaries are available for our Summer School for teachers and vocal leaders – especially those working with secondary school children – courtesy of the Neil Webster Trust. These grants are to help amateur musicians who (a) can provide references confirming their musical aptitude; (b) intend to work with an amateur choir or choirs; and (c) can show that they could not afford a place on such a course without financial help.  Please note: those interested in applying to the Trust for this bursary should contact Manvinder Rattan, Head of Conductor Training, in the first instance before completing our online application form.

In 2013 we launched a fuller scholarship scheme for our Young Conductors Programme – a specially designed year-long programme for promising young musicians aged 18–25. The beneficiaries are offered fully funded attendance on a number of our courses, plus one to one mentoring and support to further develop their skills.

The application process for scholarships on our 2019-20 Young Conductors Programme for UK nationals has now closed – please check back in late August 2019 for a link to further details and online application form for our 2020-21 programme.