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.
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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.
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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.
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SOLOISTS

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

AT A GLANCE: The Eric Thompson Trusts offers different funding opportunities for professional organists.
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UNDER 18s

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

Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, legendary mezzo-soprano: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 1987 and the RPS Gold Medal in 1990

DID YOU KNOW?

1830: Midsummer Night’s Dream is ‘very beautiful, and encored, but it is awfully, fearfully difficult, so much so that last Saturday morning Mendelssohn was SEVEN hours rehearsing.’