Creating Performing Opportunities for Talented Young Musicians

in association with Scottish Music Societies

Sponsored in 2020/21 by:

Shiela & Denis Cohen Charitable Trust

Cruach Trust

Stevenston Charitable Trust

See and hear how the Scheme works:

Since 1988, we have sponsored 107 different chamber groups in 668 concerts in 82 different music clubs throughout Scotland.

These annual awards are open to young professional emerging chamber music groups based in the United Kingdom.

Groups are normally expected to be at a ‘Senior Undergraduate’ or ‘Postgraduate’ level. Groups would not normally be considered if the average age is over 30. We do not offer awards to vocal groups nor to singers unless an individual singer is part of a larger instrumental chamber group. We also do not offer awards to instrumental duos consisting of a soloist with accompanist. Duos in which the players are equal partners, for example in violin and piano or flute and piano sonatas, are eligible.

We do not make grants. The awards take the form of paid engagements with local Music Clubs throughout Scotland, usually arranged in short tours, the Trust being responsible for the artists’ fees and the Clubs contributing travel expenses and accommodation. The fees we pay are relatively modest but the value of the awards is that they provide invaluable platform experience and an introduction to the logistics of planning and carrying out tours.

We make a point of offering concerts to Music Clubs even in small and remote places the length and breadth of Scotland and winners must be prepared to undergo the rigours of a Scottish winter. All of our previous winners have enjoyed the appreciation and hospitality of their host Clubs and have enriched their professional careers. Many are invited back year after year to places to which they were introduced as Tunnell Trust winners.

It is vital to the judges that your recording is of a good technical quality. Video recordings are not acceptable. On the basis of the form and recordings submitted a short list of finalists will be invited to audition in London.

A great number of our Award Winners have gone on to pursue high profile successful international careers. By paying the concert fees for our Award Winners to perform in Music Clubs all over Scotland, everyone wins! The Young Musicians gain a fee for much needed performing experience, the Music Club receives a ‘fee free’ extra concert in its series and the community has the opportunity to hear first rate music on their doorstep.

Whilst the 2020/21 COVID Pandemic has caused great difficulty for everyone and particularly performers in the past year, we managed to hold auditions during October 2020 and have chosen four outstanding groups who will tour in late 2021 and 2022. We are committed to rescheduling all the concerts from our 2019/20 & 2020/21 Seasons which have had to be cancelled. None of our young musicians will lose out!

Click here to see who is Eligible to Apply.

Click here to view the Application Process.

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