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Performance Awards

Choral Awards and Organ Scholarships

Student organists and choristers form a very important strand of the rich musical life in Cambridge, providing music for regular chapel services. They also perform in college concerts and some undertake tours in the UK or abroad. The awards vary from college to college, but all include a small financial award and some support for music lessons.  Further information and application deadlines for prospective Undergraduates can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions pages for Choral Awards and Organ Scholarships.

Graduate students admitted to the University who wish to apply for organ scholarships or choral awards are welcome to contact the co-ordinator of the choral awards scheme, Catherine Groom (music@fitz.cam.ac.uk).

The Instrumental Awards for Chamber Music scheme exists to promote chamber music amongst students of the University. It is an intercollegiate scheme which is open to undergraduates and graduates at all colleges.

Award holders comprise the finest chamber musicians from across the University, many of whom will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors to pursue professional careers as performers of chamber music. Students audition for coveted places at the beginning of each academic year and are placed in groups by the managers of the scheme to work together for the remainder of the year. Groups often play together for the whole of their time at Cambridge and are encouraged to develop long-term relationships together as chamber musicians.

The Scheme not only provides Award holders with financial assistance towards individual instrumental lessons, but also regular coaching as a group from leading specialist chamber musicians such as James Boyd, Melanie Ragge and Andrew West. Masterclasses are also a feature of the scheme. Award holders have previously participated in masterclasses with Richard Egarr (piano), Steven Isserlis (cello), Angela Hewitt (piano) and the Endellion String Quartet.

Regular performances are important ways for our students to develop musically as individuals and as chamber groups and groups give regular recitals throughout the year. Our very best groups will perform at our annual Showcase Concert in West Road Concert Hall.

Further information and application deadlines for prospective Undergraduates can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions pages.