In addition to the Student Loans and Grants and University-wide Bursaries, there are some specific scholarships available to Music students (listed below) as well annually-awarded Undergraduate Prizes (for current students only).

York Minster Scholarships

York Minster offers scholarships lasting 12 months or longer to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Their current value is £4,000*. Choral Scholarships are offered to men only (male altos, tenors and basses); they become available as vacancies occur and therefore irregularly according to the duration of student courses. The scholarships are available to any students registered at, or applying to, the university (i.e. not only to music students).

Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship

This is a competitive entrance award for performance, worth £250 per year for three years. Preference will be given to those playing the less usual orchestral instruments. Selection is made prior to the start of your first academic year. You do not need to apply for this scholarship: all candidates are considered. Please note that the award is not available to singers.

Yorkshire Bach Choir Award

These awards are to provide vocal lessons, for instance to non-music students contributing to Music Department ensembles, or to increase the lesson allowance of Music students, particularly those who are specialising in performance.

St Wilfrid's Choral Scholarship

St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church offers four choral scholarships lasting 12 months to both undergraduate and postgraduate female and male students: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to form a quartet.

Any music or non-music university students are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Duties include two services on Sundays (Latin Mass and Latin Vespers & Benediction) during the university terms, with additional Masses during the week on Holy Days and Holy Week and Easter. Scholars benefit enormously from the unique opportunity to sing traditional Catholic music within the liturgy for which it was written, and in a church with a superb acoustic.

The repertoire will be drawn from the classical tradition of the Catholic Church, and will include polyphonic Mass settings by such composers as Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria, etc, as well as occasional settings by Mozart, Haydn, etc. Similarly there will be motets also drawn from the Latin tradition.

The current value of the scholarship awards is £1,300 plus extra fees for weddings and special services.

Please direct enquiries initially to Professor Peter Seymour (

The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity Choral Scholarships

Each choristership is valued at £1000 per annum and potential singers should be at least 18 years of age. These posts are ideal for university students or adults wishing to sing in a small semi-professional choir to a high standard. The choir will sing for three services each month, except in August, when there will be no choral responsibilities, and also for major festivals. The main Sunday Eucharist is at 11.00am and rehearsals will begin at 9.30am. For major festivals, the Carol Service and part of Holy Week and Easter, rehearsals will be arranged accordingly. Any extra services will be remunerated accordingly. No commitment is required for Christmas.

Initially, on two Sundays the choir supports the congregational sung mass but will have the opportunity to sing an introit and a more elaborate communion motet. One Sunday each month will be entirely devoted to a fully choral mass setting.

There will be a possibility to mount special concerts once the choir becomes fully established and it is envisaged that there will be occasional orchestral masses.

The ability to be able to sight-read would be advantageous, though all music will be available well in advance.

Auditions will be as required but it is envisaged that there will be some changeover at the start of the new academic year. Therefore, auditions would normally take place in June.

The current Music Lists & Application forms are available to download from the church website: and completed forms should be sent electronically to

Please note: all scholarships, awards and assistantships are paid in £ sterling (GBP) and may be subject to variations in currency exchange rates.

BA student Anna Edginton

York is the perfect environment to explore and grow for three years, both musically and personally. Performance, academia and composition are all equally valued. There are endless amounts of singing opportunities if you wish to make the most of your time here.

Anna Edgington
(BA in Music)