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Music Scholarships

Opportunities for young musicians to develop their skills and further their training at internationally-renowned masterclasses

We are now open for applications.

The deadline for applications is 6 October 2016.


ESU Music Scholarships allow exceptional young musicians to develop their talents and further their training at one of several internationally renowned music programmes in the UK, Europe, America, and Canada. 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. Notable alumni include Steven Isserlis, Tasmin Little, Nigel Kennedy, Vanessa Latarche, Robert Cohen, and Stephanie Gonley.

An ESU Music Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, board and lodging at one of the following supported programmes. Travel is also included for Yale and Tanglewood. 

The ESU is delighted to offer new scholarships for vocalists to the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel.

Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel: St Jean de Luz, France, September (2 weeks)

Banff Centre: Alberta, Canada, June - August (2-3 weeks)

International Musicians Seminar: Prussia Cove, UK, March - April (3 weeks)

Tanglewood Music Center: Lenox, Massachusetts, USA, June - August (8 weeks)

Yale Summer School of Music - Norfolk Music Festival: Norfolk, Connecticut, USA, July - August (6 weeks)

Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy, June - July (3 weeks)

*Applicants for the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto should apply directly to the Accademia and are not required to apply to the ESU. The ESU will then select a successful musician to support in conjunction with the Accademia's admission staff. 

Additionally, the English-Speaking Union administers the Franco-British Society scholarship to the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel.

The Judging Panel

We are excited to announce that our judging panel for the 2017 scholarships will include: internationally renowned cellist and founder of the Razumovsky Academy, Oleg Kogan; leading national oboist, Neil Black OBE; and pianist Ronan O'Hora, who has performed extensively throughout the world and recorded numerous performances for the BBC.


The ESU welcomes applications from musicians that meet the following criteria:

* Aged 18-30

* Current student, or recent graduate (two years maximum since graduation) of a conservatory or university music department in the UK.

* Ravel only: working knowledge of French 

How to Apply

Please send a completed application form to or:

Music Scholarships

The English-Speaking Union

Dartmouth House

37 Charles Street



  • Applicants must complete an application form, giving details of your education and training.
  • Applicants are also required to write a personal statement, detailing how you think you would benefit from a scholarship, how the experience would help you in your current work and future ambitions and how you intend to use this on your return home.
  • Applicants must also enclose a teacher's reference (or ensure that one is sent under a separate cover) and insert or attach a photo of themselves to the application form.
  • Applicants must send a good quality CD of themselves performing at least 3 minutes' music, or include a link to a relevant Youtube video on the application form. (NB – NO mini discs, DVDs or DATs and please check that your CD can be played on an ordinary CD player).

Please see our Notes for Applicants for further details. 

2015 scholar Georgina Melville spent three week at the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. You can read about her experience here.

2014 scholar Florian Mitrea spent a summer in the USA at the Yale Summer School of Music - Norfolk Music Festival. Click here to read about his experience. Pianist, Ryan Drucker spent time at the Banff Centre and you can read about his experience here.