Help Musicians UK (HMUK) support over 100 students every year, for life changing postgraduate training at the major conservatoires and performances colleges across the whole of the UK.
As the UK’s leading independent music charity, we recognise that intensive post-graduate study is fundamental for the next generation of musicians to achieve their ambitions. But the costs can be astronomical; taking living expenses and tuition fees into account, the cost of a two-year postgraduate degree can easily reach £40,000. Our vital grant support through grants towards courses in classical music performance, opera, jazz, popular and musical theatre enables the most talented musicians reach their potential.
This year, we are delighted to be able to make 79 awards totalling £215,000 across classical, jazz and popular music.
We are pleased to announce that we made two substantial awards to outstanding cellists. Toby White and Jamal Aliyev (pictured) both received a Motesiczky Scholarship of £15,000. £5,000 of this will go towards their final year of Postgraduate Study with the remaining £10,000 going towards career development opportunities, mentoring and coaching post-graduation.
Other recipients of major awards administered by HMUK are:
Emre Ersahin (Double Bass)- Ian Fleming
Balazs Renczes (Cello)- Suggia Gift
Beth Taylor (Mezzo Soprano)- Maidment Award (pictured)
William Thomas (Bass)- Maidment Award
Thomas Scott-Cowell (Counter Tenor)- Ian Fleming
Juliette Roos (Violin)- Parikian Award
Emily Mitchell (Trumpet)- Ian Fleming (Pictured below)
Rosanna Rolton (Harp)- Ian Fleming
Katie Ritson (Voice- Popular Music)- Ian Fleming
Jonathan Radford (Saxophone)- Ian Fleming (Pictured below)
André Pereira (Violin)- Harrison Award
Auditions took place at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and The Premises Studios, with a total of 124 students attending from the leading music colleges across the country.
At each audition, a panel of experts helped identify the most talented candidates. Across the rigorous two week period, a total of 34 panellists including saxophonist John Harle, violinist Tasmin Little OBE, jazz vocalist Ian Shaw and Luke Morley from rock band Thunder provided an incredible support and guidance to the Creative Programme team.
Ronald Corp OBE said “The auditions this year were an excellent showcase and I am sure the award winners will go on to have successful careers in the profession.”
Congratulations to everyone who received an award this year and a big thank you to panel members and everyone who came along and auditioned.