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Orchestral scholarships

Orchestra scholarship 2018A unique opportunity to combine intensive high-level orchestral performance with the broader university experience is available on our Orchestral Scholarships programme.


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?

The deadline for 2018 entry has now passed but if you have any queries please contact rebecca.miller@royalholloway.ac.uk


David Beever, Orchestral scholarships ambassador

"I am delighted to sign up as a founding sponsor of Royal Holloway's Orchestral Scholarship programme, the first of its kind at a UK University.


As a student I was privileged to play in the National Youth Orchestra and that experience cemented my love for music which has been a constant theme throughout my life.


I am confident that those Royal Holloway students who get involved in this exciting project will combine their musical talent with valuable leadership skills for the future."  


Contact us

For further information concerning the audition process or to show your interest in an Orchestral Scholarship for September 2018 onwards, please contact the Director of Orchestras, Rebecca Miller.


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