Top Talent Shines at Our Postgraduate Awards

Over the last three weeks our Talent Programme team has been busy with auditions as part of our postgraduate awards, helping talented young musicians in the final stages of their training across the country’s music colleges. From brass to strings, the calibre of this year’s applicants was exceptionally high.


With the costs of studying to an advanced level often exceeding £40,000 over two years, our funds are vital to ensure the next generation of talented musicians can enter the profession with the best chance of success.

Nearly 150 instrumentalists and singers auditioned from 10 different conservatoires around the UK. Help Musicians UK Deputy Chairman Ronald Corp OBE chaired each specialist panel.

Amongst the eminent musicians involved as adjudicators were guitarist John Williams OBE, concert pianists John Lill CBE and Peter Donohoe CBE, violinists Stephen Bryant (Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and Anthony Marwood, opera singers Susan Bickley and John Graham-Hall, and jazz musicians Guy Barker MBE, Julian Joseph and Help Musicians UK ambassador Soweto Kinch.

A substantial £235,000 was awarded to 98 musicians and singers, with grants ranging between £1,000 and £5,000. Amongst the major scholarship holders were:


Michael Petrov (cello)
Abel Selaocoe (cello) (pictured)
Alexander Ullman (piano)
Sophia Dee (piano)
Savitri Grier (violin)
Daniel Meszoly (violin)
Alec Harper (jazz saxophone)

Congratulations to the recipients of the awards and well done to all students who took part in the auditions. 

Looking ahead for 2015, we have recently launched a new fundraising campaign Sponsor a Rising Star which will help us sustain this work. If you’re a passionate music lover who shares our belief that talented young musicians need all the support they can get, then contact our fundraising team about becoming a sponsor.

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