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"It is so good to escape completely from the mundane for a while and live in an idealistic environment, focusing entirely on what really matters". James Barralet (Cellist), ESU Alumnus to International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.
Applications for the 2013 ESU Music Scholarships are now closed. Applications for 2014 will open in early September 2013.
ESU Music Scholarships allow exceptional young musicians to develop their talents and further their training. They also provide a common ground on which people of different communities can meet, learn and understand. The young people who have derived benefit from this valuable experience are now making a significant contribution to the musical profession, both as performers and as teachers.
An ESU Music Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, board and lodging at the relevant school. Please note, the awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee a place at the school. The process of applying to the relevant programme is the responsibility of the student. The ESU is currently offering scholarships to:
ESU Menuhin Banff Scholarship
Venue: Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
Duration: 3 week session from June to July
ESU Norman-Butler Tanglewood Scholarship
Venue: Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts, USA
Duration: 9 week session from June to August
ESU Yale Charlotte Bonham-Carter Scholarship
Venue: Yale Summer School of Music, Connecticut, USA
Duration: 6 week session July to August
ESU Scholarship to the International Musicians Seminar
Venue: Prussia Cove, Cornwall, England
Duration: 3 week session from March to April
ESU Scholarship to Acadèmie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel
Venue: St Jean de Luz, France
Duration: 2 week session in September
ESU Scholarship to the Georg Solti Accademia
Venue: Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
Duration: 3 week session June to July
(Auditions for the Georg Solti Accademia are held separately in January by the Accademia. Each successful applicant will be considered to be supported by the ESU)
Additionally, the English-Speaking Union administrates the Franco-British Society scholarship to the Acadèmie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel.
The scholarships are aimed at young musicians who are studying, or have recently studied, music in the UK. To be eligible to apply candidates must be students or graduates from a recognized conservatory or university music department in the UK.