Bursaries and Composition Awards

Southwell Choral Society invites applications for its annual Choral and Music bursaries.  

Two bursaries, the Southwell Choral Society Bursary and The Peggy Oldham Fund Award, each one of £500 each, are available, either separately or as a combined award to the total of £1000. The purpose of these bursaries is to support the development of the musical career of the successful applicant(s). Applications are invited from vocalists and instrumentalists in any musical style. The award may be used to finance tuition and travel, or the purchase of books or equipment. Where practicable, successful applicant(s) will be invited to take part in future events promoted by Southwell Choral Society.

The Nicholas Thorpe Composition Award in association with Southwell Choral Society - Prize £500.

See previous winners here

 

Southwell Choral Society Bursary and Peggy Oldham Fund Award

2020 ANNUAL SOUTHWELL CHORAL SOCIETY MUSIC BURSARY & PEGGY OLDHAM FUND AWARD

Southwell Choral Society is inviting applications for its annual Choral and Music bursaries.  Two bursaries, the Southwell Choral Society Bursary and The Peggy Oldham Fund Award, each one of £500 each, are available, either separately or as a combined award to the total of £1000. The purpose of these bursaries is to support the development of the musical career of the successful applicant(s). Applications are invited from vocalists and instrumentalists in any musical style. The award may be used to finance tuition and travel, or the purchase of books or equipment. Where practicable, successful applicant(s) will be invited to take part in future events promoted by Southwell Choral Society.

Applicants should be under the age of 25 on September 1, 2020, and live within a 10-mile radius of Southwell Minster. Application forms and further details are currently available from:

 

Mrs Thelma Clark, 6 Stenton Close, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0BJ

Tel.01636 813964 or E-mail thelma@g-and-t.me.uk

or  the Society’s main contact email contact@southwellchoralsociety.co.uk

 

Bursary Rules

In line with its charitable status Southwell Choral Society awards annually one or two bursaries to help further the musical careers of young people living within the environs of Southwell. These are known as:

a)  The Southwell Choral Bursary  b)  The Peggy Oldham Fund Award

1.  Applications are invited from individuals under the age of 25 on 1 September 2019 and whose permanent address is within a ten mile radius of Southwell Minster.

2. Application forms will be available from March 2019, and must be returned by Monday April 16 2019. Application forms are available from, and should be returned to Mrs Thelma Clark, 6 Beaumont Avenue, Southwell, Notts NG25 0BB. (Tel: 01636 813964 email:thelma@g-and-t.me.uk).

3.  Applications will be considered by the adjudicating panel whose decision is final.  In the event of a tie the Chair shall have the casting vote.  The winner will be announced by the end of April 2019.

4.  Applications will only be accepted from individuals as the bursary and the award is intended to support the development of that person’s career in music. The definition of musical career includes vocalists, instrumentalists, composers and arrangers of all genres of music.  In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 applications from disabled persons will be given equal treatment and rights. The Trustees of Southwell Choral Society (The Trustees) will maintain full confidentiality of all information received through the application process but retain the right to publish the names of the successful applicant(s).

5.  The Bursary and award may be used for any purpose clearly associated with the demands of the development of the individual’s career (travel, purchase of books, instruments, scores, audition fees tuition etc.)

7.  The completed application form will form the basis of the applicant’s submission for the Bursary. Applicants may also submit a tape, CD or DVD not exceeding ten minutes in length, in support of their application.All material submitted will be returned after judging.  The Trustees cannot accept liability for the material but every care will be taken over it.The Trustees undertake not to breach individual or corporate copyright.  Applicants may be invited to attend a meeting to support their application.

8.  The Trustees will not accept an application from any previous winner of the Bursary award.

9.  Anyone related to any applicant may not take part in the selection process for the bursary or the award.

11.  The Award Certificate(s) will be presented at the concert of Southwell Choral Society to be held 23 November  2019. Where practicable winners may be invited to take part in this or a subsequent concert.

12.  The timetable for the year is as follows:

March:  Application forms available

End April: Adjudicating panel announces its decision.

November:  Public presentation of the award

13. The decision of the Trustees will be final and confidential. They will not enter into any correspondence or other form of communication with the applicants, their families or representatives other than as described above.

 

Nicholas Thorpe Composition Award

THE SIXTH NICHOLAS THORPE COMPOSITION AWARD In association with Southwell Choral Society - Prize £500.

Closing date December 31st 2020. Applicants must be 25 years old or younger on December 31st 2020

Composers are invited to submit a work for Amateur Choral Society (no soloists) with piano, organ or no accompanying instrument.

To be performed by Southwell Choral Society in their Concert on 15th May 2021

The result will be announced on 1st February 2021.The prize winning work will be a short choral work of up to ten minutes long.

The work must be performable by a mixed voice amateur choral society, without soloists, with piano, organ or no accompanying instrument. It is to be performed in Southwell Minster during a concert on 15th May 2021. The other works to be performed in the concert are Will Todd Mass in Blue and John Rutter Feel the Spirit.

The composer is free to choose the text.The text can be in English or Latin. Southwell Minster is dedicated to St. Mary, the composer may wish to bear that in mind (not compulsory).The work must not have been previously performed.

The score can be submitted electronically (Sibelius 7 or PDF file) or in hard copy to reach the adjudicators by 31st December 2020.

Entries should be emailed to nick@thorpemusic.co.uk or posted to:

The Nicholas Thorpe Composition Award,

13 Station Road, SOUTHWELL, Notts. NG25 0ET

Award Rules

Scores must be accompanied by full contact details and proof of age of the composer.

The work will remain the property of the composer.

A panel selected and chaired by the conductor of Southwell Choral Society will judge the entries.

All entrants will be contacted on 1st February 2021 and the winner announced.

The judges’ decision will be final.

The organisers reserve the right not to award the prize.

The  winning composer will be invited to attend the performance and be presented with the prize.

Southwell Choral Society will discuss with the prize-winner arrangements for the production of performance materials and be responsible for all aspects of the performance.

The winning composer will be invited to attend rehearsals and assist in the preparation of the Performance.