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A Distinction at Grade VIII of the Associated Board, or other equivalent qualification, is a minimum standard for application for an Instrumental Award. Successful candidates are usually of Associated Board Diploma standard or equivalent.

Players of the following instruments are eligible to apply:


  • Piano


  • Cello
  • Viola
  • Violin


  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • French horn
  • Oboe


  • French horn
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba

Instrumentalists who play the double bass and harp can apply as normal, but depending on instrumental combinations in any given year the managers reserve the right to offer associate membership.  This entails participation in one project over the course of the year and entitles holders to half the benefits of a full award.

French horn players may apply to both schemes, but will be invited to express a preference at audition.

Important dates

  • 25 February 2022: Application deadline for new students
  • 3 May 2022: Application deadline for current Cambridge students
  • 30 July 2022: Application deadline for graduate applications

Instrumental Award Application

The completed form including reference must be submitted by 25 February 2022. See also File Information for applicants 2022

Application Form

Award Managers

  • Dr S J Barrett, Director of the IAS
  • Prof Margaret Faultless, Performance Director
  • Dr Martin Ennis
  • Christopher Lawrence
  • Dr Paul Wingfield 
  • Chloe Davidson


Centre for Music Performance