Lyons Celebration Award

The award is made to a current postgraduate student to support a performance inspired by Bernstein's 'Chichester Psalms'.

  • Funding: £1,500
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research and Postgraduate taught
  • Number available: 1
Applications for 2024/25 are open until Monday 28 October 2024, 11.59pm GMT

This annual award was set up in memory of Jack Lyons by his widow, Lady Roslyn. The award recognises Jack's unfailing support for creative musicians and is intended to allow the recipient to undertake a significant creative musical project, culminating in a public musical performance.

One of Jack's most cherished pieces was Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. This competition asks applicants to outline an innovative project that is in some way inspired by that work. For example, a composer might propose a new setting of these or other psalms, or a work that uses related Hebrew texts. A performer might propose a programme of psalm settings, or pieces which relate in some way to the Bernstein work. Other connections may be explored.


Open to International (including EU) and UK (home) students.

Open to students in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a current postgraduate student at the University of York.

How to apply

Application deadline: Monday 28 October 2024, 11.59pm GMT

To apply, submit your plans to the School Admin Manager Kath Watson by email to by Sunday 27 October 2024.

The successful applicant will then be invited to enter into detailed discussion with the Head of Music regarding practicalities of performance.

Contact details

Kath Watson

Dr Martin Suckling