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The Choral Scholarships for September 2022/23

The Choral Scholarships

To complement our BA (Hons) Music course, we are delighted to bring back our Choral Scholarships for September 2022.  Students of most disciplines are able to apply.

This Choral scholarship offers a unique opportunity to work with professional musicians at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle and sing in the newly formed Newcastle Cathedral Consort, a joint venture between the Cathedra and Northumbria University, as well as singing in other services as required.

At Northumbria we believe in supporting you to achieve your future goals.  By bringing together our inspiring courses, innovative staff and academically gifted students, like yourself, we can tackle the challenges of the world to create a better future and #TakeOnTomorrow.

Students in receipt of a Choral Scholarship will receive a £700 cash payment.  All eligible Full-Time self-funded students will be considered.

If you are passionate about music and eager to take an active role in the music environment at Northumbria, then apply today for a Choral Scholarship.

Apply now. Applications close at 16:00 on Friday 02 September 2022

Terms and conditions

To be eligible for the Choral Scholarship you must:

  • Be a UK/Home student
  • Have applied for a Full-Time Undergraduate course at the Newcastle Upon Tyne campus, starting in September 2022
  • Choose Northumbria as your firm choice by 09 June 2022
  • Register with Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW) or Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) as they administer the payment of the academic scholarship on behalf of the University.  Scottish students must make an application to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for maintenance funding, which will enable SAAS to pay the student’s academic scholarship on behalf of the University.
  • Alternatively, a Scottish student who does not wish to apply to SAAS for maintenance funding will need to provide bank details to the University in order for an individual payment for the academic scholarship can be made.  Scottish students who have not applied to SAAS for maintenance funding, but who are identified for a scholarship will be contacted by the University in the first semester about the payment of their scholarship. Payment will be made direct to your bank account.

Eligible courses

  • All Full-Time Undergraduate courses, studied at the Newcastle Upon Tyne campus and Coach Lane campus

Important Information

Applicants should also note:

  • Successful students are required to sing in the Cathedral University Choir and attend rehearsals at St Nicholas Cathedral as follows: Tuesdays from 16:45 – 19:30, Wednesdays 13:00 – 14:00 and another afternoon (to be determined) from 16:45 – 18:00 during University term-time
  • Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory and progress will be monitored; should attendance and/or progress be unsatisfactory, the scholarship will be rescinded
  • Successful students can withdraw from the Choral Scholarship at any time, however any unpaid monies would not be paid
  • Successful students must enrol by 30 September 2022 to receive the scholarship
  • The Choral Scholarship is a cash payment
  • Payments will be made as 25% in November 2022, 25% in February 2023, and 50% in May 2023
  • Payment is made in each year of Undergraduate study, dependent on progression to the next year and adhering to scholarship terms and conditions

  • If you defer your place and/or leave your course before the full scholarship amount is paid, the remaining monies will not be paid; however the University will not usually seek to claim back any of the scholarship money already paid
  • If you have outstanding debt with the University (for example, unpaid tuition fees or accommodation) the scholarship payment will be withheld until the debt is cleared
  • Northumbria University reserves the right to withdraw this scheme at any point
  • The University’s decision is final and cannot be challenged; there is no right of appeal

Selection Process

  • There is a competitive selection process for this scholarship scheme.  Applicants need to apply via online written application; shortlisted applicants will then need to attend a singing audition with Cathedral and Northumbria University representatives, on campus at Northumbria University.  The audition will involve the performance of one piece of music or a section from a longer work, lasting between 4 and 8 minutes (own choice) sight-reading and a voice test
  • Applicants are required, in no more than 1500 characters, to describe their singing experience to date and how they would contribute to vocal and choral music-making at Northumbria University and St Nicholas Cathedral
  • Successful applicants will be informed following enrolment in October 2022

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