Music Bursaries

We give some financial support to local musically aspiring children in the form of a Bursary. This is designed to help the selected children from 11 years through to 18


Hull Music Bursaries Scheme



NEWSLETTER August 2019.


We continue to receive very encouraging comments about the progress made by our bursary recipients.  These include:

‘has had an excellent attendance in his lessons this year and has a good attitude

during his music lessons’; ‘has developed his playing, enjoyment and understanding of music through independent and/or supervised practice’; ‘has developed into an extremely able and versatile musician.  He has a work ethic which sets him apart from most of his peers and his enthusiasm for music has driven him to get the very most out of his talent’; ‘became a valuable member of the Hull Youth Choir;  has a lot of potential; she is a pleasure to teach and I look forward to seeing her progress in the future’; ‘has given some lovely solo performances in Music Festivals’, ‘she makes a wonderful sound and is very hard working’;  ‘she took her Trinity Violin Grade 4 exam in March obtaining an excellent pass with Merit (83/100)’; ‘she has an excellent attendance record and is a hardworking and conscientious student who always works very well in lessons and completes all tasks to a high standard’; ‘has worked extremely hard in his lessons and has made some fabulous progress’.


We celebrate the commitment and successes of these youngsters and continue to be so pleased that by providing some financial help through the Music Bursary Scheme that they are enabled to progress their music studies. It is so encouraging that many of the student assessments use words such as confidence, effort, achievement and success.  We think it so important that all youngsters should have every opportunity to do well with their studies in preparation for their adult lives.

We now have 25 Bursaries left in place after those who have finished their secondary education are no longer part of the Bursary scheme.  We are looking to award a further 6 new Bursaries this autumn.  The presentation of Round 7 Bursaries in October 2019 will be another of those delightful evenings where we have a further opportunity to meet the new recipients and their families.  Previously on such occasions there was a great deal of chatter and the evening was punctuated by several both past and new recipients performing pieces of music they had chosen to demonstrate their talents.   This was then followed by the formal presentation of new bursaries.

The next major event we are planning with the Hull Music Hub will be a Spring Concert at Middleton Hall at Hull University.  The programme will include contributions by the City of Hull Youth Symphonic Wind Band, The Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Albemarle Brass Ensemble.  The capacity of the Middleton Hall is more than 400 and we are anticipating another great musical evening encompassing classical, through film to jazz.

We continue, relentlessly, to seek both old and new sources of donations towards the funds from both local and national Charitable Bodies and Businesses.  We also try hard to demonstrate how grateful we are to previous donors as we seek further help.   It does make this task a little easier when the annual feedback regarding student progress is so positive and we can clearly demonstrate just how beneficial the scheme is to the community of Hull.


George Tarbotton:  Chairman Major Events Committee.