Scholarships / Awards

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At the Royal College of Music, The Trust provides annual bursaries of £5,000 to 2 students pursuing postgraduate studies. Both instrumentalists and singers, they are selected by the College and recommended to the Trust. Several individuals now hold chair positions at leading orchestras, or regularly perform with major opera companies.  These include opera singers Rhian Lois and Gemma Summerfield, cellist Aleksei Kiseliov, and oboist Suzie Thorne.

The National Opera Studio each year selects around 12 outstanding singers and 4 repetiteurs from around the world, providing them with intensive professional coaching prior to their entry into the commercial operatic world. The Trust is pleased to provide an annual £5,000 bursary to two of this select group.

At Trinity Laban, a Junior Fellowship for Solo Performer is awarded each year. The award, worth £6,000 and funded by The Carne Trust, provides an opportunity for an outstanding graduate musician to enjoy enhanced personal development within a college environment during their transition to the commercial world. Selection is by panel audition, and recent winners have included Claire Wickes, now principal flute at English National Opera.