The Chilcott Award offers funding to an emerging British Opera Singer for advanced training or career development. The Award is given in memory of Susan Chilcott, one of the outstanding singers of her generation, who died from cancer in 2003 aged 40.

What does the award offer?

A £10,000 Award given every two years to a British Opera Singer. The Award will enable advanced training or career development. Possible uses might include some permutation of: tuition, coaching, audition preparation, audition tours or publicity and promotion.

Soraya Mafi was the winner of the 2016 Chilcott Award. Click here to see the list of all past winners. 

Who is it open to?

Singers of British Nationality aged between 23-28 inclusive at the closing date.

How can I apply?

The next Award will be given in the Summer of 2018 and applications will open in the Spring of 2018. An application form will be made available to download from this page.

The Chilcott Award is offered by The Susan Chilcott Scholarship, which is a UK registered charity no: 1113169 and is administered by the Royal Philharmonic Society.


Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM: The RPS is a fantastic, entrepreneurial force with which I am proud to be associated. What clearer ambition can there be than to create a future for music?


Bex Burch was able to spend a year in Ghana studying the gyil - an African xylophone - with Thomas Sekgura, a master musician thanks to funding from the RPS Isserlis Scholarship.