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International Musician Residencies at Royal Holloway: Join us

International Musician Residencies at Royal Holloway: Join us

  • Date26 April 2024

The Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, is launching two international musician residencies for students enrolled on our MMus Music programme in 2024-2025.

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Postgraduate student performing on the zither during FUSE Showcase 2024

The scheme is intended for international students who play a world instrument or specialise in world music performance. Recent postgraduate students at Royal Holloway have included specialists in the sitar, guzheng and qin (zither), and pipa (lute). We also have a large collection of world instruments including a Javanese gamelan, Andean instruments and Korean drums.

Each residency lasts one term (autumn 2024 or spring 2025). During your residency, you will receive opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate with composition and/or performance students at Royal Holloway. You will also receive expert coaching from our staff. The work you co-create could be a site-specific performance or sound trail, responding to our beautiful woodland (host to rare bee orchids), the generous acoustics of our Victorian Picture Gallery, or any interesting feature of our unique campus environment. Your performance will be held in our lunchtime concert series, and broadcast on our website and social media. You will also have the opportunity to record it in our professional-level recording studios. We will refund your research expenses incurred in the residency up to a maximum of £100. On graduating from Royal Holloway, you will have your recorded performance to add to your portfolio of work, as well as your experience of being a resident international musician.

Enquire & apply

To express an interest in the residency, please write to Dr Shzr Ee Tan ( with the following information by 5.00pm on 14 June 2024:

  • a link to a short recording (10-12 minutes) of yourself in performance
  • a personal statement of your artistic intent / ethos as a musician (500 words maximum)

Please note that this opportunity is open for students enrolled onto our MMus Music programme in 2024-2025.

Postgraduate study at the Department of Music

Our research profile is of international standing, and this is reflected in the exceptionally high quality of our postgraduate provision. Our taught Masters programme, the MMus in Music, is designed to allow you either to specialise in one particular area of advanced musical study such as composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, or performance, or to choose a more varied set of options.

We also offer a PGDip in Music Performance, and a flexible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) mode of study.

Apply before 14 June 2024 to be considered for scholarships including the Corky McGuinness Award and the Headley Trust Scholarship. Details of our programmes can be found by clicking HERE (link embedded).

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