Performance Scholarships at the Conservatoire
We offer a variety of scholarships to undergraduates and postgraduates. All candidates are automatically considered for financial assistance up to the value of full scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit (according to audition panel recommendation), with some specifically reserved to assist candidates in financial need or studying in specific areas.
Entrance Scholarships (UK/EU candidates)
A number of Entrance Scholarships are awarded each year to UK and European Union candidates on the recommendation of auditions panels.
Tuition Fees Scholarships (Non-EU candidates)
A number of part-tuition fees scholarships are awarded each year to overseas candidates. These scholarships are normally renewed for each subsequent year of a student’s course.
Corton Hyde Early Music Scholarships
Two scholarships are normally available to support talented students wishing to further their studies in Early Music. The Corton Hyde Continuo Scholarship supports a keyboard, cello/viola da gamba, or lute/theorbo player specialising in continuo, while the Corton Hyde Performance Practice Scholarship is open to a variety of musicians, including period violinists, vocalists, early oboe or flute players, recorder players and cellists. Both scholarships are worth £1,000 and may be renewed after one year by negotiation.
Denis Matthews Scholarships
Established in 1989 in memory of the distinguished pianist and scholar, the Denis Matthews Trust offers scholarships through competition to pianists who are studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as an additional entrance scholarship of £1,000.
Ella Cheshire Scholarship (Soprano)
A scholarship of approximately £1,500 is awarded annually to a nominated postgraduate soprano candidate.
The Anne and Don Smith Memorial Organ Scholarship
This scholarship offers a talented organ student access to the outstanding four-manual Klais organ in Symphony Hall, acclaimed as one of the finest concert halls in the world. The scholar also has access to the William Hill organ at Town Hall.
The scholar will also have the opportunity to assist the City Organist, Thomas Trotter, and other visiting organists in the highly-respected, fortnightly Lunchtime Organ Recital programme which has been held across both Town Hall and Symphony Hall for over 140 years.
The Scholar plays a significant role in THSH’s Education & Community programme, presenting the organs to school groups and members of the public. The successful candidate will be a highly competent player, with excellent presentational skills and the ability to capture the imagination of young people. The appointment is for one year, but may be renewed at THSH’s discretion.
These prestigious scholarships, established through the generosity of Joseph and Lilian Weingarten, are available by competition to final-year undergraduate or postgraduate Piano, Violin or Voice students at the Conservatoire. Successful students undertake up to a year of postgraduate study at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Another scholarship is available to enable a student to study the Kodály Method at the Kodály Institute at Kecskemét in Hungary.
Junior Department Scholarships
Applicants to the Junior Conservatoire may be eligible for a DCSF Music and Dance Award, or bursary funding from the Leverhulme Trust or the Wolfson Foundation. The Junior Conservatoire can provide advice and guidance to suitable candidates.
Access To Learning Fund
Our Access to Learning Fund is provided by Hefce, the Government funding body for higher education, and applications are assessed according to its guidelines.
Awards are made to students with a financial need that remains once they have applied for all other funding options, provided they meet residency and other eligibility requirements. The fund cannot be used towards fees, only living expenses and course costs such as travel, materials, books and equipment. Full requirements and Hefce guidelines are available on request.
Birmingham Conservatoire Association BSM Centenary Appeal Fund
The Trustees of these two charities consider requests for financial aid from Birmingham Conservatoire students. Modest awards are made for projects or needs related to students’ official studies.
Student Awards Committee
This Conservatoire Committee administers a number of funds on behalf of the University’s Trustee Committee. Applications from students are considered termly, and small grants are awarded towards the cost of Summer School fees and expenses, instrument repair and purchase, etc.
Leverhulme Trust Scholarship (UK candidates)
As a result of a generous donation by the Leverhulme Trust, a number of scholarships are awarded each year to excellent UK candidates on the recommendation of audition panels.