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Royal Holloway, University of London offers instrumental, orchestral, choral, and organ scholarships, which students compete for prior to entry into the College.

We offer music scholarships, worth £300 a year, to undergraduate instrumentalists and singers. The £300 is paid as a cash award and can be renewed annually for three years. You don't need to be reading for a degree in Music to be eligible for this scholarship.

How do I apply?

You must complete and submit an application form together with an authenticated audio recording of your performances lasting no longer than 15 minutes. This can be uploaded to the application form.

The deadline for applications is 24 February 2017.

Please note that Music Scholarships are primarily intended for those who do not wish to apply for Orchestral or Choral scholarships (i.e. non-orchestral instruments and solo singers). The number of music scholarships awarded will be determined by the quality of the candidates selected.

Additional information

Your audio recording should be authenticated by your music or instrumental teacher.
Please bear in mind that successful applicants should have normally received a merit or distinction in ABRSM or Trinity/Guildhall Grade VIII or reached an equivalent standard in performance at least a year before their application.

To be eligible to apply you must put Royal Holloway as your firm choice and expect to start your studies in September 2017.

Royal Holloway offers excellent opportunities for singers and organists. Choral Scholars form the College Chapel Choir, an ensemble of usually 22 singers, which undertakes a regular routine of services as well as representing the College further afield through concerts, broadcasts, recordings, and tours. It is not necessary for either Choral or Organ Scholars to read for degrees in Music. Applications will also be considered from postgraduate students.

Applications for scholarships should be received early in the New Year with auditions held at the end of February or beginning of March each year.

The deadline for applications is 24 February 2017

Details of the scholarships, including how to apply, may be found here.

Additional guidance notes are also found here.

In addition to the information below, you should consult the College's general information on postgraduate funding available here

Scholarships available on a competitive basis for postgraduate studies include:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Preparation Masters award. Applicants are eligible from all pathways of the MMus: Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, Performance. Further information about AHRC scholarships, and the AHRC application form, can be found here
  • The following College scholarships and awards are also available for application to support MPhil/ PhD study:

    In order to be considered for a scholarship you must already have applied for and received an offer of a place.

    For further information please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for taught courses, Professor Tina K Ramnarine.

Details of how to make your application to the MMus programme are available here.

A unique opportunity to combine intensive high-level orchestral performance with the broader university experience is available on our Orchestral Scholarships programme, which is available for 2017 entry. A brochure about the scholarships is available here.


Orchestral scholars will hold leadership positions with the College's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and perform together as their own ensemble.

You will also receive training through our Side by Side projects with the London Mozart Players, orchestral coaching from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. You'll also receive coaching from our resident Tippett Quartet and have the opportunity to participate in projects with the Chiltern Music Academy.

Scholars will collaborate with the College’s eminent resident ensembles The Tippett Quartet, and CHROMA, as well as with high profile professional musicians from around the world. 

In addition to these unique training and performance experiences, you'll receive a cash bursary of £700 a year to allow you to focus on developing your talent rather than worrying about finances.

Am I eligible?

Although orchestral scholars often come from a musical background they are not restricted to this area of study. You can undertake any degree across our 21 academic departments and schools and still benefit from the unique training experience afforded by our orchestral programme. 

If you play one of the following instruments, we would certainly encourage you to apply for an Orchestral Scholarship (in order of priority). If you do not play one of the instruments listed, please do still consider applying as scholarships are awarded on merit and talent:

  • Viola 
  • Double bass
  • Cello
  • Horn
  • Low brass
  • Violin.

How do I apply?

Please complete the online form by Friday 24 February.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 12 March.

More information

Further information on scholarships.


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