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.

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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 23-33 inclusive at the closing date.

How can I apply?

The next Award will be given in 2018 and applications will open in the Autumn of 2017. 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.


Susan Bullock, Soprano: The work of the RPS is tireless and thanks to the Society, so many people have come to learn about, perform and understand music to the highest level.


The early directors and concert conductors were given tickets made of ivory to gain them admission to Philharmonic Society performances.