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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.

For information on all of these scholarships, please see our central scholarships page here..

Music Scholarships

We offer music scholarships, worth £300 a year, to undergraduate instrumentalists and singers.

The scholarship is paid as a cash award.

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 with the application form.

The deadline for applications is 9 February, 2018.

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.

Royal Holloway offers excellent opportunities for singers and organists.

Choral Scholarships

All undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply for a choral scholarship, which is worth up to £700 every year. This is paid as a cash award in the form of a cheque at the end of each term. These scholarships are normally held for three years.

You don't need to be studying for a degree in music to apply for this scholarship but you will need to attend an audition to be considered.

Choral scholars sing in the Choir of Royal Holloway, performing a weekly 30-minute lunchtime concert during term-time and a weekly service of choral evensong. You will also receive training by Vocal Consultant Mark Wilde and members of the King's Singers: our Ensemble in Residence.

You will also get the opportunity to perform with a wide range of other musicians, go on foreign tours and record CDs.

How do I apply?

You must complete and submit an application form by our deadline of 9 February, 2018. Auditions will be held on 23/24 February, 2018. 

The number of scholarships awarded varies based on the quality of the candidates who apply. 

Additional information

Auditions for choral scholarships comprise the performance of two contrasting songs (of your own choice), sight-singing and aural tests. Auditions tend to last 20 minutes.

Find out more about this scholarship on the Choir of Royal Holloway's website.

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

Additional guidance notes are also found here.

 

Organ Scholarships

All undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply for an organ scholarship, which is worth up to £1,500 every year. This is paid as a cash award in the form of a cheque at the end of each term. These scholarships are normally held for three years.

You don't need to be studying for a degree in music to apply for this scholarship but you will need to attend an audition to be considered.

Organ scholars accompany the Choir of Royal Holloway, which performs a weekly 30-minute lunchtime concert during term-time and a weekly service of choral evensong. You will also take responsibility as a conductor with the Founder's Choir. 

You will receive training to help you perform these duties.

How do I apply?

You must complete and submit an application form by our deadline of 9 February, 2018. Auditions will be held on 23/24 February, 2018. 

The number of scholarships awarded varies based on the quality of the candidates who apply. 

Additional information

Auditions for organ scholarships comprise the performance of two contrasting songs (of your own choice), sight-reading, score-reading, accompaniment of a hymn and psalm and improvisation, lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Find out more about this scholarship on the Choir of Royal Holloway's website.

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.

Each funding programme comes with its own conditions and obligations. Applicants are encouraged to check the specifics of the programme with the relevant funding body. 

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

Orchestral Scholarships

A unique opportunity to combine intensive high-level orchestral performance with the broader university experience is available on our Orchestral Scholarships programme.

Benefits

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

You will also recieve training through our Side by Side projects with the London Mozart Players, orchestral coaching from the London Philharmonic OrchestraThe PhilharmoniaEnglish 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?

You must complete and submit an application form by our deadline of 9 February, 2018 and auditions will be held on the 11 March, 2018.

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 with the application form.

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.

 

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