Bursary Information

Are you a young musician with aspirations to make a career in music?

If the answer is yes, Hereford Police Male Choir want to hear from you as you are on their Wanted List as a candidate for the choir’s prestigious Young Musician’s Bursary worth £1000 with each non winning finalist receiving £50.

You could be in the photograph of the candidates chosen to take part in this year’s bursary awards, emulating those pictured above at the 2018 event when the winner was violinist Raye Harvery, now studying at the Royal Norther College of Music. The finalists, pictured above, were Michael McCourt, Lauren Bough, Livi Van Melo, Raye Harvey, Conor Burton, Emily Evans, Eden Lloyd, Rhiannon Turton, Jennifer Newton and Rose Johnson.

To be a candidate you must be aged 14 to 22, living in Herefordshire or Worcestershire. Your application should be sent to Alison Houlbrooke, musical director of the choir: aehoulbrooke@gmail.com. Include the following details: name, age, address, email, telephone no., musical experience, qualifiactions and the name and email address of your music tutor. Also indicate how you would use the bursary to help achieve your musical or singing ambitions. Closing date: March 31st 2019. A shortlist will be selected by an independent panel and invited to take part in adjudications, including individual performances and interviews at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford in early April 2019.

Thur bursary, established to mark the Police Choir’s 50th anniversary in 2007 is sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund (managed by Herefordshire Community Foundation).

Guidelines for applicants for the Hereford Police Male Choir Young Musicians Bursary, 2020

You must be aged 14 to 22 and reside in the counties of Herefordshire or Worcestershire. You will already be a young established musician/singer and aspire to further develop your skills. Your written application should include the following information: Personal details – home address, telephone numbers, including mobile and email address. Instruments played, examination results to date, school/colleges attended, music groups with whom you perform and name and telephone number of your music tutor. Applicants must include the name, address and telephone number of a suitable referee in addition to their instrumental teacher. Briefly explain why you want the Bursary and how you would spend the £1000 to benefit your musical career. Give details of your future plans/aspirations as a young musician.

The Bursary can only be given to further the successful applicant’s musical career and Hereford Police Male Choir reserve the right to decide how the money is paid. All short-listen applicants must be prepared to perform at an informal recital, to include personal interviews with the adjudicators, at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford in early April 2019. The bursary winner will also be expected to submit a progress report at the end of 12 months. A panel of experienced adjudicators, chaired by Alison Houlbrooke, Musical Director of the Police Choir, will be responsible for preparing the short-list and selecting the eventual winner. Their decision is final.

Hereford Police Male Choir….committed to promoting the joy of music amongst young people.