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Orchestral scholarships

Orchestral scholarships

Orchestral Scholars 2018-19

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 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 academic departments 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 for September 2022 are now closed.

If you have any queries please contact

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