Study Abroad

Musicians often benefit from the experience of studying in a different country, drawing from a change of setting and fresh expertise. The Royal Philharmonic Society is pleased to offer young musicians a life-changing opportunity to study abroad.

This might be to fulfil a course at an international music school or university, or to take lessons from a specialist based overseas. We welcome imaginative plans and have helped numerous musicians in recent years such as percussionist Rebecca Burch who travelled to Ghana to collaborate with local musicians and learn indigenous repertoire, trumpeter Imogen Hancock who flew to Oslo for an intensive spell of lessons and masterclasses with Norway’s top players, or harpist Richard Allen to complete a postgraduate course at Lausanne’s prestigious Ecole de Musique.

The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship was generously bequeathed by Cecilia Helen Northcote in the name of the inspirational Russian pianist, composer and teacher, Julius Isserlis.

What does the RPS offer?

Every two years, the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship offers scholarships totalling £30,000 to young instrumentalists to study abroad for up to two years. Usually this is split between two or three musicians, at the discretion of the panel.

Who is it open to?

All classical instrumentalists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 25, who are permanently resident in the UK.

How do I apply?

We have newly created a set of ‘Application Guidelines’ which outlines everything involved. You can download this below. We recommend you read it before applying and continue to consult throughout the process.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an audition in London on Thursday 18 April 2019. We aim to notify you by mid-March if you have been selected for audition.

What does it cost?

We’re happy to announce that this year we have removed the entry fee so it is free for eligible candidates to apply. If you are shortlisted for audition in London, you would need to cover your own travel expenses.

When is the closing date?

The closing date for the 2019 Scholarship has now passed. Applications will open again in Autumn 2020.


RPS grants for study abroad are part of the RPS Young Musicians Programme. We are extremely grateful to the trusts, corporate sponsors and indivdual donors who support the programme. Click here to find out more.

OUR MEMBERS

Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music: The dynamic cultural advocacy of the RPS makes an incalculable contribution to British musical life.

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