Music Bursaries & Scholarships

Churchill College offers numerous scholarships and bursaries to talented musicians in all styles both through the University-wide choral, organ, and instrumental schemes and through its own internal scheme. 

Details of University music awards

The following internal awards are on offer:

Applications will close on Friday 6 November and auditions will take place on Wednesday 16 November. Auditions will be held on Tuesday 22 November.


Choral Scholarships 

Up to four Choral Scholarships will be awarded this year. They differ from Music Bursaries, where the voice is counted as an instrument. Choral Scholarships run for the academic year (October to June) and are funded jointly by the College and the Chapel Trust. Each Scholarship provides an honorarium of £100, paid directly to the holder, plus £150 for singing lessons. Choral Scholars must sing in both the Inter Alios Choir and the College Choir, and may be required to take a role on one of the committees. The Inter Alios Choir sings for Sunday evening services during term at 5.45pm and currently rehearses from 4pm. The Hill Chorus Choir currently rehearses from 7pm to 9pm on Monday evenings and works towards a concert at the end of each term.

Auditions for Choral Scholarships will be held in Michaelmas Term. Applicants will be asked to sing some exercises to establish vocal range and demonstrate tone, and to sing a short passage (not technically difficult) at sight.

Applications

Complete and return the application form below to the Tutorial Office. The closing date for applications for these awards is Wednesday 25th October.  All auditions and interviews will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Application form

Classical choral singers should apply for a Choral Scholarship. Vocal Bursaries are suited to those for whom participation in the choirs would be inappropriate, especially those seriously pursuing solo singing in any style (including opera, jazz, or pop music).


Instrumental / Vocal Bursaries (in any style of music)

Music Bursaries provide up to £250 for students to pursue private instrumental or vocal lessons and for minor costs associated with practising and performing (such as transport, printed music, spare reeds and so on). Music Bursaries are held for the calendar year. Holders of these awards must perform in at least one Music Society or Orchestra on the Hill concert during the year. They will also be required to take a role on at least one of those committees. Examples of the associated duties include assisting with the concert set-up and publicity.

Auditions will be held in MIchaelmas Term. Candidates should present a piece of their own choice lasting no longer than five minutes, providing their own accompanist if one is required.

Applications

Complete and return the application form below to the Tutorial Office. The closing date for applications for these awards is Wednesday 25th October.  All auditions and interviews will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Application form


Accompanist Bursary 

This important post comes with an honorarium of £250 and runs for the calendar year. The Accompanist Bursar is an advanced pianist with excellent sight-reading skills who accompanies the Hill Chorus Choir at rehearsals and in concerts, and who may be called upon to accompany solo instrumentalists for concerts at other times.

Auditions are held in Michaelmas Term. Candidates will be asked to sight-read a passage of choral accompaniment on two staves.

Applications

Complete and return the application form below to the Tutorial Office. The closing date for applications for these awards is Wednesday 25th October.  All auditions and interviews will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Application form


Hill Chorus Choir Directorship 

An honorarium of £100 is available for a Churchill student to direct the Hill Chorus Choir. This Choir rehearses on a weekly basis, typically working towards a concert performance in the Recital Room at the end of each term. The Choir also provides an opportunity for other students to choose repertoire and to conduct, and the Choir Director encourages and oversees such participation. Recently, the Hill Chorus Choir has struck up a collaboration with Churchill's sister College, Trinity Oxford. The Hill Chorus Choir Director liaises with the Trinity Organ Scholars to organise an annual concert either in Cambridge or in Oxford.

Churchill also has a Chapel Choir, which is run by the Organ Scholar. The Hill Chorus Choir Director is encouraged to liaise with the Organ Scholar to promote choral music at Churchill.

Candidates for the College Choir Directorship will be interviewed by the Senior Tutor, Director of Music-Making and Director of Studies in MIchaelmas Term.

Applications

Complete and return the application form below to the Tutorial Office. The closing date for applications for these awards is Wednesday 25th October.  All auditions and interviews will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Application form


Music Sizarship 

The Music Sizar oversees and promotes musical activities in the College and liaises with the Director of Music-Making to arrange concerts. The Sizar organises and chairs meetings of the Music Society Committee and is the point of contact for members of the College wanting to use the Music Centre's facilities. The Sizar has no formal responsibilities for Chapel music but may nevertheless wish to contribute to it in collaboration with the Organ Scholar (who is elected via the central University scheme). The Music Sizarship comes with an honorarium of £250 and may be held in addition to other music bursaries. The post runs for the calendar year.

Candidates for the Music Sizarship will be interviewed by the Senior Tutor, Director of Music-Making and Director of Studies for Music Auditions in Michaelmas Term.

Applications

Complete and return the application form below to the Tutorial Office. The closing date for applications for these awards is Wednesday 25th October.  All auditions and interviews will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Application form

More information

For more information about the above scholarships & bursaries please contact the Director of Music-Making

Director of Music-Making


Organ Scholarship 

Thanks to the generous response of College members, alumni and friends to the Chapel's 40th Anniversary Appeal, the Chapel Trust is able to offer endowed Organ Scholarships through the University's centralised scheme. The Scholarships are named after two of the earliest supporters of the Chapel and its musical life: Elizabeth Cockcroft, late wife of the College's first Master, and Professor Anthony Kelly, Founding Fellow and distinguished Materials Scientist. Please consult the University's Organ Scholarship pages for information on applying. The current Organ Scholar is Edward Lilley and Owen Crawford.

Edward Lilley

The Organ Scholars are in charge of recruiting, rehearsing and accompanying the choir and choose the repertoire for services in consultation with the Chaplain. There is one service each week, held on Sunday evenings, which employs a variety of liturgies through the term, including Choral Evensong. The Chapel itself has no Director of Music, but musical advice and assistance are readily available from the College's Director of Music-Making. In years where only one Organ Scholar is in residence, conducting at services may be delegated as necessary when the Organ Scholar is accompanying on the organ. A small payment is made to a member of the choir or other musician who assists the Organ Scholar in this way.

Since Organ Scholars are appointed to the Chapel, they have no formal responsibilities for extracurricular music-making in the College. However, the Organ Scholars are encouraged to collaborate with the Music Sizar (an undergraduate student who holds a bursary from the College to lead music-making there) and to liaise with the Director of Music-Making.

Each Organ Scholar receives an annual bursary of £450 and up to a further £250 towards music lessons. College rooms with an upright or a digital piano are set aside for the Organ Scholars. Once per term, the Chapel Trustees host the Inter Alios Choir and the Organ Scholars for dinner at High Table.

Like all members of College, Organ Scholars have access to Churchill's Music Centre, which houses a Steinway grand piano (model B) and a French two-manual harpsichord, which was built for the College by David Rubio in 1983 and is regarded as one of the finest in Cambridge.

Applications

Prospective candidates interested in applying for an Organ Scholarship are very welcome to contact the Chairman of the Chapel Trustees.

Chairman of the Chapel Trustees

Musical activities at Churchill

Events & Concerts

Upcoming musical events and concerts in and around Churchill.

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Churchill Music Society (ChuMS)

The College’s largest and most inclusive societies, drawing membership from students and staff who share a common interest in music.

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Orchestra on the Hill

A student-run combined college orchestra promoting good musicianship and innovative programming.

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Centre for Intercultural Musicology

A forum for the development of expertise in the integrated fields of historical musicology and ethnomusicology.

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