Help Musicians offering more support than ever to UK’s emerging opera talent during centenary year

To celebrate World Opera Day this year, Help Musicians is delighted to announce that its Sybil Tutton Opera Award will support 23 postgraduate students to continue their Operatic studies at the UK’s leading conservatoires in 2021/2022. 

74% of people say that music is important to their quality of life, (UK Music'This Is Music report, 2021) yet the last 18 months forced many musicians to reconsider if music was viable career path. For this reason, we’re so pleased to have put more money than ever towards the Sybil Tutton Award during our centenary year, to ensure UK’s emerging opera talent feel supported in their choice to continue in music and advance their studies.  

With grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 towards the cost of studies, the 23 opera students receiving support are Megan BakerHannah Elizabeth BennettHolly BrownMarie CayeuxRosalind DobsonLaura FleurNancy HoltJack HoltonThomas HopkinsonRhydian JenkinsPatrick Keefe, Jolyon Loy, Monica McGhee, Arlene Miatto Albeldas (Belli), Florian Panzieri, Jacob Phillips, Faryl Smith, Sophie Sparrow, Kieron-Connor Valentine, Joanna Harries, Cleo Lee-McGowan, Dominic Mattos and Shakira Tsindos 

Reflecting on receiving the Sybil Tutton Opera Awardawardee Megan Baker said: “Masters courses aren't affordable for many people, and that would have been the case for me if not for Help Musicians and the Sybil Tutton Opera Award. I am now on track to achieve my dreams and more!" 

Help Musicians has been making financial awards to conservatoire students since 1921, in the knowledge that pursuing a postgraduate music degree can often be prohibitively expensive. Sybil Tutton had a lifelong love of opera and in 1988 she established a charitable trust, which was used by Help Musicians (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund) to provide financial help for the postgraduate training of outstanding young opera singers.  

Opera Award 2021Since the awards were set up, hundreds of singers have been helped and have gone on to have notable careers, including Alfie Boewho recently featured on the Help Musicians Podcast with Chris Diffordand Katherine Broderick to name a few. 

The Sybil Tutton Opera Award will open again for applications in January 2022 for students wishing to study at postgraduate level in the 2022/2023 academic year. To be reminded of when our Postgraduate Awards become available, sign up to our newsletter hereTo learn more about how we support music creators, get top tips for your application and ask the team questions, come along to one of our monthly online Get Set Sessions.  

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