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 pounds 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 (

St Helen-with St Martin Choral Scholarships

St Helen-with St Martin offer four choral scholarships lasting 12 months available to both undergraduate and postgraduate female and male students: soprano, altos, tenors and basses. Any music or non-music university students are eligible to apply for these scholarships and auditions are held in February/March.

Scholars will be expected to sing at one of the weekly services during university terms and occasional feast days and special services. The regular pattern of services include a Celtic style Eucharist, a fully choral Mass, and occasional Choral Evensongs and most of these take place in the beautiful, medieval church of St Helen in the city centre.

Music is drawn from the main classical repertoire and mass settings by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert are regularly performed. The ‘Celtic’ Eucharist allows more scope for a wider and more flexible choice of music, and there are opportunities for cantata performances within the service context.

Each scholarship is valued at £500 per annum, for a period of one year and comes with a commitment to offer choral training in a small ensemble, and the opportunity for the scholars to develop their skills in the context of a city centre parish church.

Enquiries to: Professor Peter Seymour (

St Helen-with St Martin Organ Scholarship

The Parish Church Council is seeking to appoint an Organ Scholar from 1 October 2016. The post will initially be for one year with the possibility of a further year’s extension and availability during the University of York term is essential.

Services include: two Saturday lunchtime Eucharists, a full Choral Eucharist on the last Sunday of each month and a Choral Evensong and occasional Feast Days, as appropriate to the church calendar. There is also the opportunity for occasional concert/recitals and some continuo work. The Organ Scholar will also have access to the two fine organs in both St. Helen’s and St. Martin’s for practice.

The Organ Scholar works closely with the Director of Choral Scholars and we already have four Choral Scholars who also sing regularly during term time. It should be possible for the Organ Scholar to gain some experience of choral directing in conjunction with the Director of Choral Scholars. 

Prospective candidates should possess a minimum of Grade 8.

The Organ Scholar will receive £1000 per annum (averaging £30 per service).

Further details and application forms are obtainable from John Bradbury (

Deadline: 30th June                                  

Auditions: Beginning of July

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)