Bursaries

Bursaries are awarded up to £275 (only if attending the course as a full-week resident) with a small number of non-resident bursaries available. Click to read more.

We’re committed to supporting those applicants who are in need of it most. Please submit your bursary request with your Application form with a covering letter explaining your circumstances. Please apply early if you will need assistance with the fees with applications particularly welcome from tenors or basses interested in participating in Opera Scenes. The Hope Scott Trust also awards funds to applicants who are Scottish by birth, or live permanently in Scotland and may be able to help towards costs of attending Oxenfoord International. Visit their website to find out more.

In 2017 we invite applicants for the Hester Dickson Duo Prize, in memory of Malcolm’s mother and founding staff pianist on the course. The prize will cover full fees for a singer and pianist to continue developing their special ensemble relationship. Please click on the link below for the application form relating to this award. We will also be announcing the recipient of the Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize in due course, providing an opportunity for a young accompanist to work alongside our experienced staff and play for classes and rehearsals as required. This bursary is not open for application and will be chosen by Malcolm Martineau later in the year. New for 2017, we will also be introducing the Elizabeth Pink Singers Award, which will focus on the English Song repertoire.

Audition Experience

This open class will give selected bursary students a ‘mock’ but realistic understanding of the art of auditioning.
Students will present three contrasting aria’s, one in English or English Translation, with up to two arias heard. The first chosen by themselves and the second by the panel. Once the student has sung both pieces the panel will discuss areas of improvement for the next time they enter an audition room. This might include presentation, entering and leaving the room, contact with the pianist or a discussion relating to style, language or repertoire choice. Panellists include Martin Pickard (repetiteur, opera coach and former Head of Music at Opera North), Bridget McCann (acting, presentation and communication skills coach) and Steve Phillips (Chorus Manager at Opera North)

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