The NBC Liz Chant Bursary is available as a result of a generous legacy by a long-standing choir member. It is an award of £1000, which is made to a singer aged 16-24 whose personal address is in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire. The winner will show outstanding potential and will have achieved Grade 6 or the equivalent. The bursary may be shared between a maximum of two singers.
Who can apply?
Singers whose personal address is in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire. You should have passed Grade 6 or equivalent and be either currently studying singing or applying to specialise in vocal studies at a further or higher education institution.
What can the bursary be used for?
This is an unrestricted bursary which can be used for any expenses connected with your vocal studies, such as lessons, travel, courses, books and equipment.
How will applicants be assessed?
We are looking for someone who shows excellence in communication and performance. You will be assessed by:
– your written application
– your recordings of application pieces
– for short-listed applicants, a short interview and a final audition, before an audience, usually held on an afternoon in March each year.
At the audition, applicants may bring their own accompanist or make use of the accompanist provided. Up to three pieces may be performed.
The panel will include the Musical Director and Deputy Musical Director of Nottingham Bach Choir.
Applicants should provide recordings of their own performance of their application pieces at the time of applying. Two references from singing teachers or course tutors are required at the time of application.
Unsuccessful finalists will be offered feedback by a member of the panel.
Your application will be acknowledged.
The recipient of the Bursary will be announced on the day of the auditions.
Applicants may receive the award only once.
The winner will receive, on application, two tickets for each of NBC’s concerts in the year of the award.
It is hoped that the winner will have the opportunity to give a short performance to choir members within three years of the award being made.
Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in a later year.