Various awards are offered to students studying in the School of Music and Performing Arts.

  • General awards  of up to £300 are available to students studying any of the programmes within the Department. These awards are designed to help students develop their professional practice and may include support for travel, masterclass fees, or workshop fees for specialist sessions and lessons outside of the University.  The Department Scholarship Committee awards these scholarships on a case-by-case basis throughout the academic year.
  • Entry scholarships are awards worth £250 and each year a number are awarded to students upon entry to the University.  These awards are designed to encourage students to seek professional experience in support of their University learning from the very start of their Higher Education experience. In particular, these awards support keen ensemble performers (in any of the music and performing arts disciplines), and are there to kick-start a student’s ability to seek performing and creative platforms for themselves and others in and around the Canterbury and Kent area.
  • Supplementary instrumental scholarships are awarded to a number of Music students in their first year of study. These awards are worth £300, which pays for 10 hours of teaching with one of our specialist instrumental or vocal teachers on a second instrument (if you are already taking performance modules), or on your main instrument if you are not already taking performance. Scholarship holders will be expected to play their scholarship instrument in one or more university ensembles, such as orchestra, wind ensemble, big band, university chorus, etc.  Students are encouraged to apply for supplementary instrument scholarships through audition in their first week on the BMus, BA Music, or BA Music with Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses.
  • Choral, Organ and Conducting Scholarships are also available for those involved with the Chapel Choir. Each year Christ Church offers at least four Choral Scholarships for the University Chapel Choir: one on each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; note that countertenors and contraltos are equally welcome) and one Organ/Conducting scholarship. Choral Scholarships are worth £800 per annum and Organ/Conducting scholarships are worth £1,000 per annum. For more details and an application form please visit the Choral Scholarship web page .
  • Canterbury Rotary Club Instrumental Bursaries 

    We are delighted to offer several non-refundable bursaries of £500, to be awarded to selected talented performers on entry to the Canterbury Christ Church BMus course. In most years up to three of these prestigious bursaries are available. In any year at least one is expected to be awarded to a wind (brass or woodwind) player and at least one to a string player. All those accepting a place on the BMus course are eligible to be considered for these bursaries, and the awarding panel will make selections based on applicants’ previous attainment and experience (with Grade 8 as a minimum requirement). The bursary is paid once, during the first term of study. A condition of holding a Canterbury Rotary Club Instrumental Bursary is that you are an active member of at least one of the University’s directed ensembles, for example: Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Big Band. These bursaries are funded by the generous support of local Rotarians.

    How to apply for a Rotary Club Bursary

    If you would like to apply for a Rotary Club Bursary, the n please record yourself playing a short audition piece. Upload it to the Internet (for example, on YouTube or Vimeo) and send a link or the video file itself to: , with ‘Rotary Club Bursary Application’ in the Subject Line. Auditions will also take place during Applicant Days.

Specifically for Postgraduate students

  • Larissa Lovelock Prize

The Larissa Lovelock Prize comes from a memorial fund. Sally Lovelock was a mature undergraduate student and, very sadly, her daughter Larissa died from cancer when she was in her twenties and while Sally was a student with us. Larissa was a lovely person and married Damian Coleman (now director of Sport and Exercise Science) at CCCU. The Larissa Lovelock Prize is given to an outstanding MMus performance student who has graduated from CCCU. The recipient has £500 for musical development, and gives a concert in Larissa's memory in St Gregory’s Centre for Music.

  • Peggy Hayes Memorial Bursary

The Peggy Hayes Memorial Bursary is awarded to a CCCU Music graduate undertaking postgraduate study in Music, also at CCCU. The bursary is worth £3000, which is shared between two postgraduate students each year. Those concentrating on Performance, Composition and Research within the MMus or PhD programmes are all eligible. The recipient must give an update on progress which should take a public form: a recital, a performance of a newly-composed work, a lecture-recital, or a public talk.

For more information, please contact the School of Music and Performing Arts directly on


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