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Orchestral scholarship

Orchestral scholarship

Our Orchestral Scholarships offer the unique opportunity to combine intensive high-level orchestral performance with a broader university experience, while also receiving a yearly cash sum of £700.

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."

Orchestral Scholars 2018-19


Orchestral scholars will hold leadership positions with the College’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as performing together as your own ensemble.

You’ll receive training 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 also collaborate with the Tippett Quartet and CHROMA, as well as 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, allowing 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 encourage you to apply (in order of priority). If you play a different instrument, please still apply as scholarships are awarded on merit and talent:

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

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2020. Please come back soon for details on 2021 scholarships.

If you have any queries please contact

Our current scholars

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I am a BMus Music student at Royal Holloway, currently in my first year of study. I have been playing the cello for ten years, having started while at primary school in Cornwall. I was lucky enough to participate in the county’s excellent youth orchestra and a local youth string orchestra for many years, with which I have performed in the Royal Albert Hall several times. This has been one of the highlights during my time as an orchestral instrumentalist. In addition to playing in the university’s orchestras, I enjoy playing for various productions and shows by the theatre societies on campus.

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Daniel is currently a second-year student studying the BMus Music degree at Royal Holloway. He comes from Gwent in South Wales where he has led the Greater Gwent Youth Orchestra and numerous string ensembles for the past 3 years. Daniel has been playing Violin for 12 years and passed his ATCL Diploma with Distinction; he has also passed Grade 8 on Piano.

He plays as a violinist for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales on their annual summer residency and tour, which has included concerts in Pritchard Jones Hall (Bangor University), St. David’s Cathedral (Pembrokeshire), Hereford Cathedral and St. David’s Hall (Cardiff) and repertoire such Mahler Symphony No. 5, R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Debussy La Mer. As part of this Daniel performed a world premiere, Sorrows of the Somme by Brian Hughes at BBC Hoddinott Hall. 

As part of the Music for Youth Festival he has played in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, performing the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in the Royal Albert Hall with Isca Linea Senior Strings and having his own composition played in Symphony Hall, Birmingham by the Greater Gwent Youth Orchestra. He has also performed Fratres by Arvo Pärt as a soloist alongside the Chordis Caerllion Senior Strings on their tour to St. Malo, France.

During his time at Royal Holloway, he has performed in both the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, New Music Collective and numerous other ensembles. Last year he performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and a world premiere by Joanna Marsh in St. John Smith’s Square with the Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players. Daniel continues his studies on the violin with acclaimed violinist Francesca Barritt. He hopes to further specialise in performance and composition at university and plans on having a career in those areas in the future.



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My orchestral experience began at the age of 15 with the youth orchestra local to the city of York. From my first concert there, I have immersed myself into every opportunity available to perform orchestral music of any sort. I have remained in said orchestra ever since then and have worked under many nationally renowned conductors during my time there. Before university, I have also participated in the North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra for several years. At Royal Holloway, I have sought to hone in and improve my skills as an orchestral musician and as a section leader. I was interested in the orchestral scholarship provided here as it would give me the perfect opportunity to do just that. To me, the orchestral scholarship has given me a fantastic insight into the methods used by some of best orchestras in London and has given me the best chance to reach my full potential as a musician.

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The clarinet has been Laurent’s gateway to music ever since he picked it up the age of 11. He took lessons at a local music school in Luxembourg for five years, before transferring to the Luxembourg Junior Conservatoire of Music. Here he was fortunate enough to have lessons with the principal clarinettist of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL), who taught Laurent most of what he now values and seeks for in music. Outside of lessons, diverse projects helped Laurent to both gather experience in the professional world of music and to appreciate music as delightful and connecting medium. These projects include the National Youth Wind Orchestra Luxembourg, side-by-side projects with the OPL and Luxembourg Military Band, several clarinet competitions in Luxembourg and France and a solo performance of Mendelssohn’s Concert Piece No 2 with professional orchestra in June 2017.

Since starting his Bsc Physics with Music in September 2017, Laurent enjoys the orchestral work as continuation of his musical enthusiasm, and as enriching balance to his academic studies. The Orchestral Scholarship programme puts him at the forefront of Royal Holloway’s orchestral scene, where he can refine his musical abilities through professional coaching, but also through leading and sharing his own experience with others.

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From an early age I began my musical career as a singer, then at the age of eleven I began playing brass instruments. Euphonium was my first love and then I picked up trombone at fourteen, beginning to learn on a plastic trombone. Since then, I have furthered my brass playing performing on every brass band instrument from tenor horn to Eb bass. I spent four years as the principal euphonium player of the National Youth Wind Orchestra taking sectionals and working closely with conductors to help them find the sound they wanted. I spent three years playing in the pit bands of the National Youth Music Theatre playing trombone and euphonium helping to re arrange some new musicals. I have been lucky enough to perform around the world in Europe and America both with local orchestras and windbands such as Spires Youth Orchestra and Oxford University Wind Orchestra, as well as representing the UK in two tours of Switzerland. As a brass musician, I believe it is important to play as much as possible; I currently play for Egham Brass Band, two brass ensembles, two orchestras and two Big Bands.

I enjoy jazz and love to perform solos with my jazz groups, most recently playing the ballad Skylark with The Freshers’ Big Band at the Windsor Fringe. Recording has also been a pleasure of mine; I was involved in recording the soundtrack for the new musical ‘Billy the Kid’ in summer 2017 and spent two days recording with the National Youth Wind Orchestra at RAF Northolt which included several euphonium solos in famous wind band repertoire. I was interested in the Orchestral Scholarship programme at Royal Holloway because I feel performance is so important. I also wanted to further my orchestral repertoire and playing ability. Through Royal Holloway I have been able to perform fabulous repertoire that has stretched me such as Bolero.

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Wing Kwan (Quentin) is currently studying as an undergraduate music student in Royal Holloway, University of London.  His passion for music developed as he started learning to play violin with Yao Dan in his young age, and cultivated commitment towards music in St. Pauls’ College, Hong Kong.  Meanwhile, he is the principal violist of Royal Holloway Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.  Above all scopes of music, conducting is his most endeavoured.  He studied conducting with Dr. Jennifer Ho for 4 years and actively participated in orchestral conducting classes.  He believes joining the orchestral scholarship programme will enable him to learn from professional players to boost his orchestral playing technique and open channels to communicate and share musical thoughts and ideas with younger musicians, which is his greatest passion.

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I started playing the violin at the age of six and since then music has played such a huge role in my life. From 2012-2018 I was part of the Camden Youth Orchestra. After achieving a distinction in my Grade 8 violin exam in 2015, I was appointed leader in 2016. With them, I have performed a wide range of repertoire – including Dvorak, Beethoven and Brahms – in many well-known concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s and the Southbank Centre and had the opportunity to go on tour with them across Europe. As part of the Camden Music Service, I also had the opportunity to attend workshops with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on many occasions where I expanded my knowledge of the pieces, styles and techniques associated with the Baroque period. As a music scholar in secondary school, I participated in the school Symphony Orchestra and String Concertante, a small ensemble for advanced string players.

I was interested in this orchestral scholarship because I’ve always loved to play my violin in orchestras and smaller ensembles, and the fact there are so many performance and coaching opportunities that come with this will allow me to expand my musical experience and abilities whilst I complete my university studies.


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Sophie is a third-year music student from Cornwall who first began studying the flute at the age of 10. She later became interested in pursuing a career in music whilst studying her A Levels at Truro College. She hopes to further her studies in music college after graduating in 2019. While studying under Carla Rees at Royal Holloway, Sophie partakes in multiple ensembles such as Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra and Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra, where she has had opportunities to play alongside the London Mozart Players; Royal Holloway New Music Collective and Windsor based Rarescale Flute Academy. Alongside this she is currently the Orchestral Manager for the university’s orchestras. Sophie has had opportunities to perform in many different concert venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall in Cardiff and Royal Albert Hall. She has also performed across Europe in Belgium, Italy, France and Germany.

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I have been involved in many different ensembles throughout my life, from Jazz to classical and I have always loved being a part of an orchestra. I was a member of Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra whilst at sixth form, as well as selling for several amateur and semi professional orchestras in and around Birmingham. The orchestral scholarship here at Royal Holloway seemed like the perfect opportunity to carry on being an integral part of several orchestras as well as opportunities to lead and be taught by others. 

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