Bursary Scheme To Encourage and Support

Young Singers & Musicians

As one of the largest and most established choral groups on the Island, we have been performing, promoting and championing the enjoyment of traditional and contemporary classical music, since 1956.

Our Bursary Scheme was launched in Summer/Autumn 2022, with the aim to encourage and support talented and promising young singers and musicians on the Island, in their aspirations and pursuit of excellence and further study of music-making and performance.

It is our intention to open our Bursary Scheme every 2 years.

Update re 2024 Bursary 

It has recently come to our attention that our Bursary Scheme, scheduled to operate every 2 years, inadvertently coincided in the same year as the bursary scheme of another musical society on the Island.

Therefore, we have taken the decision to delay our next Bursary (which was due in Summer/Autumn 2024) until 2025, instead.

2025 Bursary

When our Bursary Scheme is next open to receive applications, an announcement will be posted on this webpage, and publicity will be cascaded via various general advertising channels; including social media.

Please look back here in early Summer 2025.

Bursary of 2022 

We had a terrific response to the inaugural year of our Bursary and received a superb number and variety of applications.

Applications opened at the end of June and closed mid September 2022.

We received 25 applications, from a variety of students aged 11-19 years, with musical specialities of Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Church Organ, Piano, Violin, Drums, Guitar, Trombone and Singing Voice.

Requests for support were varied and included assistance with funding for either: lessons, travel costs, music, instruments, etc.

The Award Panel reviewed and assessed each submitted application.

10 Candidates were selected to the next stage and invited to audition on 22nd October 2022.

The Award Panel considered the amount of each Bursary Award, specific to the circumstance and musical benefit of each recipient.

The presentation of the 2022 Bursary Awards took place on 26th November at Medina Theatre, in advance of our concert performance of Handel’s Messiah.  

2022 Bursary Recipients with Musical Director Rachel Tweddle and High Sheriff Kay Marriott

Feedback From Bursary Recipients 

“Thank you very much for awarding me with one of your musical bursaries!

I really appreciate your help and it’s very generous of you to offer so much financial support!”

“Thank you for the bursary that was awarded to me by the Cantata Choir last year.

It has allowed me to have more lessons in order to help me complete my grade 5 theory, something I would not have been able to do so quickly if It wasn’t for the support I received from the bursary. I now have achieved both my grade 5 theory and grade 6 piano, and am working towards doing my grade 7.

Thank you very much for the bursary and for helping me to progress.”

Essential Information 

Essential Reading: Application Information & Guidance

ApplyPDF Application Form (to print and complete handwritten)


Apply: Word doc Application Form (to download, save remotely and complete typed)

Additional Information

Poster: 2022 Bursary

General Information: Safeguarding Policy

General Information:  Equal Opportunities Policy

2022 & 2025 Bursary Audition Panel:

Richard Wilkins: Accompanist     Rachel Tweddle: Musical Director    Douglas Potts: President