Bursaries and Composition Awards

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


2021 Southwell Choral Society Bursary and Peggy Oldham Fund Award

Southwell Choral Society is inviting applications for its annual Choral and Music bursaries. 

Closing date: Wednesday 14 April 2021

Each bursary, the Southwell Choral Society Bursary and
the Peggy Oldham Fund Award, is for £500. They may be awarded separately or combined to the total value of £1000, at the discretion of the Awards Panel. Their purpose is to support the musical development of young people in the Southwell area; applications are invited from singers and instrumentalists pursuing any form of music-making. The award may be used to finance tuition, travel and the purchase of books or equipment.
Applicants MUST be resident within
a ten mile radius of Southwell Minster and be under the age of 25 by 1 September 2021

For an application form please email: 


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

Tel.01636 813964 




The 6th Nicholas Thorpe Composition Award

In association with Southwell Choral Society - Prize £500.

Closing date December 31st 2021. Applicants must be 25 years old or younger on December 31st 2021

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 at their next available concert.

The result will be announced on 1st February 2022.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.  

The composer is free to choose the text, which 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 2021.

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

The Nicholas Thorpe Composition Award,

13 Station Road, SOUTHWELL, Notts. NG25 0ET