As part of our charitable remit we offer a number of different scholarships and bursaries, giving those who can’t financially afford our course fees the opportunity to join us.
We provide a number of bursaries towards the cost of our conducting courses 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 those before applying for a bursary. Applicants are required to fully complete their course to be eligible. By applying for a bursary, applicants accept these terms and a post-course report will be required within one month of completion. Please contact us for more information on obtaining a bursary place for our events.
Each 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 deadline for our 2016-17 Young Conductors Programme has now passed, and we will be announcing details of this year’s scholars in the coming weeks. Information on future YC scholarship applications will be available via this page.