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Are you an organist, a singer/chorister or instrumentalist of a very high standard? If you’d like to combine specialist musical experience with a Cambridge degree, you should consider applying for one of our Music Awards.

Cambridge is well-known for the excellence and diversity of its music-making. One of the ways that the University maintains its high standards of musicianship is by offering Music Awards to students. The demands made on Award-holders can be high however, the experience you gain is similarly great and many of our Award-holders go on to careers in music. 

Choral Awards and Organ Scholarships

Student organists and choristers form a very important strand of the rich musical life in Cambridge, providing music for regular chapel services. They also perform in College concerts and some undertake tours in the UK or abroad. The awards vary from College to College but all include a small financial award and some support for music lessons.

If you wish to be considered for an Organ Scholarship, you must submit your application for the Scheme by 1 September 2017. 

If you’d like to apply for a Choral Award, the application deadline is 15 February 2017.

Find out more about the Choral Award and Organ Scholarship Schemes.

Instrumental Awards Scheme

The Instrumental Awards Scheme enables gifted musicians to reach a high standard of performance in chamber music. Successful students are Award-holders for a year, and receive a small financial award (an ‘exhibition’), professional coaching of their ensemble, masterclasses, recital opportunities and a subsidy for instrumental lessons.

Players of violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn or piano are eligible to apply. Associate membership of the Scheme is open to players of trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba, and other standard orchestral instruments used in chamber repertory (eg double bass, harp). A minimum of Distinction at Grade 8 of the Associated Board or similar is required, though please note that most successful candidates are of Diploma standard.

If you’re made an offer of an academic place and wish to apply for an Instrumental Award, you must submit the application form (available online) to your College by 28 February 2017.

Find out more about the Instrumental Awards Scheme.

Music Awards: Important dates

Choral Awards

  • 15 February 2017: Application deadline
  • 20-22 March 2017: Choral Trials

Instumental Awards

  • 28 February 2017: Application deadline
  • 5 May 2017: Application deadline for existing students
  • 1 August 2017: Application deadline for graduate applications 

Organ Scholarships

  • 3 & 4 March 2017: Organ Scholarships Open Day
  • 1 September 2017: Application deadline