Instrumentalists

We know what it’s like: that looming pressure to find your path and make an impression once you’re at college, and doubly so once you leave. Here are some of the ways we can help musicians in your shoes:

INSTRUMENT PURCHASE

AT A GLANCE: Providing funding to young musicians who do not own an instrument suitable for their professional training.
More information

STUDY ABROAD

AT A GLANCE: Offering up to £30,000 for a young instrumentalist between the ages of 15 and 25 to study abroad for two years.
More information

CHAMBER GROUPS

AT A GLANCE: Funding for professional development plus performance opportunities for emerging chamber groups, awarded annually through two prizes, and the Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition.
More information

SOLOISTS

AT A GLANCE: Recognising outstanding young instrumental soloists through two annual prizes.
More information

ORGANISTS

AT A GLANCE: The Eric Thompson Trusts offers different funding opportunities for professional organists.
More information

UNDER 18s

AT A GLANCE: Awarding £1,500 and a prominent recital to a young instrumentalist aged 18 or under.
More information

OUR MEMBERS

Leslie East, Chairman of Association of British Choral Directors; Chairman of City Music Society: I support the RPS because it believes in supporting young musicians early in their careers.

DID YOU KNOW?

In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.