Instrumental Scholarships Scheme

Supporting young people in a great musical tradition

The aim of the Instrumental Scholarships Scheme, new from September 2021, is to enhance the growth and sustainability of the instrumental ensembles which accompany worship at All Saints’ Church by encouraging school-age youngsters of appropriate ability to become integrated, fully committed members of their group.

In return for regular attendance at rehearsals and services (details of these are available from the Conductors), award holders will enjoy the benefit of financial assistance with vocal/instrumental tuition up to a maximum value of £540 per annum.

They will also gain invaluable experience of, and skills in, ensemble work at a high standard in the context of the church liturgy.

Subject to satisfactory progress and attendance, the award will be tenable for one year in the first instance, but it is expected that the formal end-of-year review will lead to renewal for a further year. Suitably qualified and experienced tutors will be appointed by the Trust in consultation with the Conductors and the Assistant Director of Music. In appropriate cases, where a successful candidate is already in receipt of lessons, every effort will be made to ensure continuity.

Who should apply?

Any music-loving young personwho

  • Is aged between 11 and 18
  • Enjoys playing
  • Is enthusiastic about music
  • Shows good potential and commitment
  • Already has a reasonable music-reading ability

Application procedure

Two Instrumental Scholarships are currently available for the academic year 2021-2022, and we are confident that, despite the pandemic, applications will be able to be processed.

Forms may either be obtained from the Parish Office, The Causeway, Marlow, SL7 1AA, or downloaded by clicking here. Completed forms should be returned to the Parish Office no later than 30 September and marked for the attention of the Chairman, ASM Music Trust.

Applicants should enclose a short statement indicating why they are applying, together with a letter of recommendation from their music teacher/Head of Music.

Auditions

These will be arranged no earlier than September at mutually convenient times, with a minimum of one week’s notice being given, and will last no longer than 30 minutes. The adjudicating panel will include at least one of the Trustees and an ensemble Conductor.

Candidates will be asked to perform their own choice of an instrumental piece and may in addition sing a vocal piece if they wish.

For music which is accompanied candidates may bring their own accompanist, or may ask one of the adjudicators to act in that capacity. The auditions will end with some aural tests and general questions, which may be about the music performed, music in general, or candidates’ reasons for applying.

Results will be communicated via the email address given on the Application Form.