Develop skills through Career Development Bursaries

The first 2017 deadline for our Career Development Bursaries is fast approaching! Within this round, an extra fund of £2,000 will be set aside for aspiring opera singers wishing to undertake intensive language coaching.

The additional funding is generously provided by Felicity Guinness, who previously supported the Maggie Teyte prize, a prize which recognised outstanding talent in the interpretation of French song (the most recent winner was being Soraya Mafi in 2014). A recent National Opera Studio report on opera training for Singers in the UK, identified the importance of language skills for emerging opera singers and both Felicity and the Creative Programme are excited we can help address this need.

We have already awarded Career Development Bursaries for language coaching; recipients include Counter Tenor Rupert Enticknap and most recently Soprano, Emily Dickens who says:

I was fortunate this year to receive a Career Development Bursary from Help Musicians UK to support my training with repertoire and language coaching. I have a Musicology degree from Cambridge University and whilst it was a brilliant academic grounding, I joined the profession as soon as I graduated with very little formal tuition that specifically addressed singing in foreign languages. Learning how to create the sounds that don't exist in English but are fundamental to other languages is challenging and it really helps to have tuition from a specialist language coach for singers. When preparing a piece for performance, understanding first the literal translation of each word and then the meaning of a line or stanza is important. Musicians are increasingly required to travel and perform all over the world with singers and conductors of many nationalities which means the development of these language skills is vital; they bring the music to life, assist interpretation and delivery, and help ensure a secure and well-informed performance.

Applications can be made through the Career Development Bursary page on our website, the deadline is the 30 January.

Career Development Bursaries are designed to fund exceptional opportunities such as masterclasses, mentoring, short courses and travel for research and collaboration in the UK and internationally. Applications are open to UK based instrumentalists, composers, vocalists and ensembles aged between 21 and 35 across all genres. We want to invest in talented artists who are performing or creating great music and are already making an impact in their field.

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