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Scholarships & Bursaries

The Music Centre offers two types of financial assistance to talented students at the University. There is no music degree at Warwick and hence, these awards are open to all students from all disciplines. The two different types are:


Bursaries are available on a yearly basis, providing financial help towards music lessons. The auditions take place in the first few weeks of the Autumn Term, after you arrive at Warwick and various levels of financial aid are available. The audition consists of:

  • Performance (2 contrasting pieces totalling approximately 8 minutes)
  • Short interview to determine potential and likely contribution to the Music Centre

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Please note the audition dates are normally Thursday and Friday of week 3 of the autumn term.


Applications will be accepted from the beginning of September 2017 and forms are available online here. Any full time undergraduate can apply for these.

A number of Music Scholarships are available each year, to encourage talented musicians to make Warwick their first choice for music-making and for a degree. There is no music degree at Warwick and hence these Scholarships are open to students from all subjects. Many Warwick music scholars have continued their musical education at colleges and conservatoires in the UK and abroad after obtaining a first degree in an unrelated discipline. Scholarship awards are currently £500 for each year of residence at Warwick, with an additional subsidy on music tuition fees.

Music Scholarship holders are expected to contribute heavily to the musical life of the campus. Scholarships are only given to students with exceptional musical ability so scholars will have a key role of playing to a high standard and inspiring the students they play alongside in their music-making. We also encourage scholars to take advantage of the excellent music tutors who work here.


The audition usually lasts around 10-15 minutes, and is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their potential as well as present level of achievement, and in particular their likely contribution to the musical activities of the Music Centre.

  • Candidates should choose and prepare two contrasting pieces, of total duration approx 8 minutes, to demonstrate their standard of technique and musicianship. If offering two instruments or instrument and voice, one work should be prepared on each.
  • The interview will be conducted by a panel of around five members of staff, these are usually: the Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music, a member of the Coull String Quartet (Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick), and one or more members of the instrumental and vocal teaching staff, as appropriate. The aims of the interview are to discover how committed the candidate is to music, and to allow the candidate time to talk about their musical background, interests and ambitions.
Coull Bursary

The Coull Quartet is the University of Warwick's String Quartet in Residence. They are heavily involved in the musical life of the university, from playing for functions for official events, to helping with the Symphony Orchestra, taking sectionals and conducting the String Orchestra. As part of their ongoing support for the Music Centre they are offering a student the chance to get a music bursary, worth 12 hours of lessons (at £35 an hour). To apply for the Bursary applicants should come into the Music Office and get a Bursary application form, having registered on our contact system.

Applicants are expected to do the following:

  • Play two contrasting works of total duration (for both) no more than 8 mins.
  • May be asked to perform at sight
  • Short interview with the panel, discussing previous musical experience etc.

An accompanist is available free of charge to those who request one on their form (they must provide music when handing the form in)

For more information about the Coull Quartet please visit their website

Leamington Spa All Saints' Church Choral Scholarship (not a University of Warwick Scholarship)

Join the Choir of All Saints' Royal Leamington Spa as a Choral Scholar!

The choir of All Saints' is recruiting singers. Adult singers are offered a yearly scholarship of £660 to sing soprano alto, tenor or bass. The choir sings in the famous parish church of Royal Leamington Spa and has a long and distinguished tradition of fine music. If you are an undergraduate at Warwick and enjoyed singing in your school choir then All Saints' is the place for you. The choir sings quality sacred music from the 9th to the 21st centuries and has a vibrant social focus that culminates in a cathedral visit each year in August. In 2012 the choir sang at New College, Oxford, York Minster and Norwich Cathedral. The choir's website is:

Please do not hesitate to contact organist Simon Tayton through the parish office:

01926 429169 or for further details.