Music Scholarships at Swansea University
Our Music Entrance Scholarships are designed to enable talented musicians to continue to develop their skill and musicianship in a supportive environment. These scholarships are open to new undergraduate students studying any subject, and are tenable for the duration of the scholar's undergraduate degree.
Two kinds of music scholarships are available:
- University Instrumental Scholarships
- Joint Choral Scholarships, held in conjunction with St Mary’s Church
The scholarships have a nominal value of £1000 per year, comprising:
- Regular individual lessons in the scholar’s instrument or voice
- A bursary of £300 per year, to support purchase of sheet music, exam fees, etc.
Scholars can expect to be at the heart of musical life at Swansea University, and to perform several times per year in the University’s magnificent new Great Hall auditorium. All scholars will also perform in the annual Chancellor’s Concert, held in the Great Hall.
For more information on the musical life of the University, visit www.swansea.ac.uk/music
University Instrumental Scholarships
These scholarships are offered by the University to talented instrumentalists, with a particular emphasis on helping scholars develop as rounded musicians and ensemble players:
- Scholarships are available to players of any instrument;
- Applicants should typically have gained a merit or distinction at Grade 8 (or equivalent) on their instrument;
- Scholars will be expected to commit to playing in one or more of the ensembles run by the student societies; for many scholars this will be the orchestra, but may also be the big band, wind band, or another group.
To apply for an instrumental scholarship, you should complete the Instrumental Scholarships Form , and ask two referees who are familiar with your musical talents to complete and submit the Music Scholarships - Referee Form .
In addition to the forms, you will need to submit:
- Copies of certificates and marks sheets for Grade 8 and any higher qualifications in your instrument;
- Video performances of two contrasting pieces, not exceeding 7 minutes’ duration in total.
Details of how to submit your video performance are given on the application form.
There are two deadlines for instrumental scholarship applications: 1st April and 15th October. In selecting scholars, preference will be given to applicants who are judged to have the potential to participate most fully in the musical life of the University.
Joint Choral Scholarships
Please note that this is provisional information which is subject to change. Confirmed details will be released as soon as possible, along with application forms.
These scholarships are offered by the University in collaboration with St Mary’s Church, Swansea, with the aim of supporting the development of talented choral singers. St Mary’s Church is located in the city centre; the choir is an ambitious mixed-voice choir singing a broad cathedral-style repertoire for two choral services every Sunday, as well as other services.
Applicants should be experienced choral singers with good aural skills and sight singing ability. Scholars are expected to commit fully to the choir's rehearsals, services and other activities, and where possible also contribute to the musical life of the University.
Choral scholarships are available to enrolled students only, and the application process takes place at the start of the academic year. The deadline for applications is 15th October.
To apply for a choral scholarship, you should complete the application form, and ask two referees who are familiar with your musical talents to complete and submit the referee form. Forms will be made available soon. To express an interest in these scholarships, please contact the Director of Music (email@example.com)
In addition to the forms, you will need to submit copies of certificates and marks sheets for any singing qualifications you hold (e.g. ABRSM exams).