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.

Applications now open!

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?

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! The next Chilcott Award will be given in Summer 2018. 

To apply, please download the application form and T&Cs below (as one file).

Applications must be submitted in full by Thursday 12 April 2018. All application materials should be uploaded to this Dropbox file request folder.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and interview in London on Sunday 24 June 2018.

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.


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