The Drake Calleja Trust came into operation on 1st September 2015 under the management of Vicky Yannoula, Head of Scholarships & Artistic Planning. Since then the Trust has completed two applications calls (2015-16 and 2016-17) and has awarded forty-two scholarships in total to exceptionally talented students of undergraduate, postgraduate and research level. The amounts awarded to these scholars range from £2,500 to £6,000 for the whole academic year and are based on the individual’s financial needs and artistic achievements and potential.
The value of the Trust’s donations is strongly felt by all scholarship holders. Thanks to the support these talented and most worthy musicians have received they have been able to proceed with their studies in a much more meaningful and better time-managed way, pursue career-furthering activities such as participation in competitions and masterclasses, attend various auditions in the UK and internationally, purchase new instruments, participate in concerts and performances, make recordings and gain recognition.
The aims of the Drake Calleja Trust are:
• To provide musical scholarships and/or grants for those with exceptional musical talent, particularly those from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds (aged 8 and above).
• To advance the education of the public though all aspects of musical performance (instrumental and vocal).
• To further the promotion of classical music through the artistic potential and achievements of the Trust’s scholarship/grant holders.
The Trust’s activities provide educational and performance opportunities to exceptional musicians studying in London, UK. These activities are planned according to the strengths, needs and artistic aspirations of the Trust’s scholars, and aim to have a meaningful impact on the classical music scene and the wider musical and cultural scene of the capital. In order to deliver a varied and high quality programme of performance and learning activities, the Trust aims to work in genuine partnership with other organisations within music and the arts. The Trust is honoured to be associated with Joseph Calleja, the Maltese tenor, who acts as Patron.
Scholarship applications are accepted once a year and the Trust follows a rigorous and strict application process. For information about our 2017-18 applications, click here.