The Jubilee Bursaries

"The great thing about classical music is that so much has been written over the centuries, and new works today, that we are forever coming across new things to play, listen to and enjoy!"

To celebrate its 60th season of chamber music recitals in 2008, Perth Chamber Music set up a Jubilee Bursary Scheme for young musicians. By encouraging young talent we hope to contribute to the promotion of classical music in Perth and beyond.

Amy Smart, Bursary Winner 2014

What are the Jubilee Bursaries?

Bursaries are awarded each year to promising school-leavers who intend to pursue a career in music or continue music making for pleasure. £600 is available this season.

The Process

At the start of the school year, the Jubilee Bursaries are advertised in schools across the Perth and Kinross area and through Perth Youth Orchestra. The competition is held in March. Participants each offer a short recital of own choice repertoire in front of an independent panel of judges and an audience of Chamber Music supporters. The winners are invited to perform again at the subsequent May meeting of Perth Chamber Music.

How to Apply

If you...

  • are 16 or older (on 1st January)
  • have a home address and/or attend school in the Perth and Kinross area
  • are at Grade 8 or equivalent standard
  • intend to continue your music making beyond school for further study or for pleasure

...we would like to hear from you.

The closing date for entry is 1st December.

Bursary Winners 2017: Leonie Brink and Angus Grierson
Leonie Brink and Angus Grierson
2017 Winners

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2017

For our ninth annual competition on 12th March 2017 we had five entrants – Leonie Brink (clarinet) from Kilgraston School, Angus Grierson (trombone) and Alexandra Milne (oboe) from Glenalmond College and Joseph Pickering (clarinet) and Erin Bathgate (French horn) from Kinross High School. The joint winners were Leonie Brink and Angus Grierson.

The standard required is Grade 8 or beyond. We heard five very varied programmes, demonstrating the character of each instrument and the development of musical styles through time. One entrant even included one of his own compositions in his programme. The young people had told us of their hopes and dreams for the future with music as a part as a continuing interest or as a profession. We wish them all well.

The competition is made possible by the generous support of the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, the Concord Music shop and the members of Perth Chamber Music Society. We thank the adjudicators Peter Rutterford (chair), James Waters and Howard Duthie. We also thank Perth & Kinross Education Department for the use of St John’s Academy in Perth for the venue.

Bursary Winner 2016: Jamie Turnbull
Jamie Turnbull
2016 Winner

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2016

For our competition on 6th March 2016 we had five entrants: three violinists, a clarinettist and a pianist. Jake Paterson (violin) was from Auchterarder Community School, Appin Mackay- Champion (clarinet) from Glenalmond College, Hannah Millard (violin) from Perth High School, Jamie Turnbull (piano) from Crieff High School and Libby Dillon (violin) from Morrison’s Academy. Jamie Turnbull won the Bursary with an exceptional piano recital.

The standard required is Grade 8 or beyond. We heard five very varied programmes, demonstrating the character of each instrument and the development of musical styles through time. The young people had told us of their hopes and dreams for the future with music as a part as a continuing interest of as a profession. We wish them all well.

The competition is made possible by the generous support of the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, the Concord Music shop and the members of Perth Chamber Music Society.

Bursary Winners 2015: Murphy Robertson and Eliza Younger
Murphy Robertson and Eliza Younger
2015 Winners

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2015

For the competition on 1st March we had six entrants – a record year. Rebecca Coffey, flute, and Libby Dillon, violin, both from Morrisons Academy; Catherine Holland, violin, from Perth Grammar School; Murphy Robertson, alto saxophone, formerly from St John’s Academy and now doing a final year at Douglas Academy; Jamie Turnbull, piano, from Crieff High School and Eliza Younger, piano, from Kilgraston School. The standard required is Grade 8 and beyond and the choice of music was wide ranging and imaginative. We had two outstanding winners, Murphy and Eliza. We wish all the participants well and encourage them to pursue their music in the future at whatever level they choose. We acknowledge the generous support of the Jimmie Cairncross Trust and members of Perth Chamber Music which makes the competition possible.

Bursary Finalists 2014
2014 Finalists

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2014

Four young musicians took part in the 2014 Final Auditions, held in St. John’s Academy, Perth on 2 March. Craig Scrimgeour (Perth Academy - trumpet and violin), Murphy Robertson (St. John’s Academy - alto saxophone) and Amy Smart (Morrison’s Academy - cello) each gave fine performances of concerto movements and solo pieces, ranging from Vivaldi and Hummel to Saint-Saens and Rachmaninov. The fourth recital by Connor Sinclair (Crieff High School) was the first appearance of a piper in the competition. His programme of reels and strathspeys brought the afternoon to a rousing climax.

Chairman of the judging panel, Peter Rutterford, commented on the high standard of performance. Bursaries were awarded to all four finalists, with the First Bursary of £300 going to cellist Amy Smart. The generous support of The Jimmie Cairncross Trust and members of Perth Chamber Music is gratefully acknowledged.

First Bursary Winner 2013
Harrison White
2013 First Bursary Winner

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2013

Perth Chamber Music's 2012/13 Jubilee competition came to its climax when the Final Auditions were held on 10 March 2013 at St John's Academy Perth.

The competition celebrates the music society's sixtieth birthday reached in 2008, and provides bursaries for the region's most talented young musicians. The finalists - cellist Amy Smart of Morrison's Academy, Crieff and horn player Eleanor Figures and drummer Harrison White (both Perth High School) - treated the audience to three impressive recitals. This year brought something new to the competition with an exciting first appearance of drum kit and French horn.

The panel of adjudicators, Peter Rutterford, Lesley-Ann Smith and James Waters, awarded the First Bursary to Harrison White and Second Bursaries to Amy Smart and Eleanor Figures.

Perth Chamber Music acknowledges the generous support of Society members, Perth and Kinross Council and Concorde Music Shop towards this event.

Bursary Finalists 2012
2012 Finalists

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2012

This year's final auditions were held on 11 March 2012 at St John's Academy, Perth. Although the format has remained largely the same, each year brings something new.

In 2012, four instruments made their first appearance - tuba, trumpet, viola and saxophone, alongside violin, oboe and cor anglais. At the end of the afternoon of fine playing and exciting programmes, the adjudicators awarded the bursaries to Helena Kay (Perth High School) and Joshua Gibson (Glenalmond College), and finalists' tokens to Clare Ratcliff (Morrison's Academy), Sandra Scott (Perth Academy), and Kate Walker and Thom Bubb (Perth High School).

The two winners, Joshua Gibson and Helena Kay, intend to continue their musical studies at St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London respectively.

Perth Chamber Music wishes to record its thanks to:

  • The adjudicators - Helen McVey, James Waters and Peter Rutterford (chair)
  • The six finalists and their accompanists
  • Allan Young on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council
  • The Cairncross and Thomson Trusts
  • Concorde Music Shop
  • And finally our subscribers whose generous financial support has made possible the continuation of the Jubilee Bursary Awards
Bursary Winners 2011
Amy Forbes and Fiona Scott
2011 Winners

Report on Jubilee Bursary Awards 2011

"Classical music has given me the chance to perform and express myself through wonderfully crafted music alongside other gifted players."

This quote from one of the 2011 finalists perfectly sums up the purpose of the Jubilee Bursary Awards and the enthusiasm shown at this year's Final Auditions. Held on 27 February 2011, the Finals brought together two oboists, a pianist, a flautist and a violinist-cum-singer. Their CVs revealed impressive achievements: all are at Grade 8 standard, all contribute to music-making at local level in school groups and Perth Youth Orchestra, and at national level in the RSAMD Junior Academy, the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

The five finalists were Ciara Elwis (Kinross), Amy Forbes, Fiona Scott, Anna Seaton (all Perth) and Sandra Scott (Scone). Their twenty minute recitals included concerti by Bach and Handel, Debussy's Syrinx for unaccompanied flute, a Mozart Adagio for cor anglais and songs by Mendelssohn and Bernstein. For the first time the venue was the new St John's Academy on the North Inch Campus.

At the end of the afternoon, the panel of independent adjudicators awarded the two bursaries, each of 250, to Amy Forbes (Perth Academy) and Fiona Scott (Perth High School).

Contact

(Mrs) Chris White:
bursary@perthchambermusic.org.uk