Thank you to everyone who auditioned for us during this difficult time.

We are delighted to have awarded our scholarships for 2020-21.

Our scholarships for 2021-22 will open in January, and we hope to hold auditions as usual in May.


Scholarship applications are accepted once a year and the Trust follows a strict application and audition process.

Each academic year we award amounts ranging from £1,500 to £9,000 per scholar, depending on individual circumstances. Scholarships can be used to cover fees, instrument purchase, masterclasses, competitions, recordings, concerts and other related activities.


Applications for 2021-22 scholarships will open at the end of January.


The auditions will take place in:






The applications deadline is strict. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Trust makes no exceptions to this rule under any circumstances.



• Singers, solo instrumentalists and accompanists (but not ensembles) enrolled as students at a music institution in the UK at undergraduate, postgraduate or research level can apply.


• To apply to the Trust you must be able to prove that you will be enrolled as a student for the applicable academic year (next applicable year: 2020-21).

• We do not support composers, conductors, music theatre or jazz students.

• Applicants must be 18 or over on 31st December on the year of application, and they must live in the UK at the time of their study (UK, EU and international students can apply).

• Applicants must be of an outstanding standard and be able to clearly demonstrate that they are in need of funding.


• Applications must be submitted online using the form on our website. No other format will be accepted.

• Full biography or CV uploaded via the online form.

• Links to audio or video recordings (links only, no file uploads such as MP3s) lasting approximately 4 minutes each, uploaded via the online form. Longer recordings can be submitted but candidates must specify the section to be heard. Please note that only online links to recordings can be accepted.

• Name and email address of your referee.

We will ask for your reference if you are invited to audition.



• London. 

National Opera Studio, The Clore Building, 2 Chapel Yard, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4HZ

 • Cardiff. 

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER

• Glasgow. 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

• Manchester. 

Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

• The shortlist of auditionees will be announced in April 2021.

• The DCT allocates the audition times to the selected applicants.

• The cost of travel to audition is not covered by the DCT.

• All auditionees will have access to a practice room for 20-25mins prior to their audition.

• A piano accompanist will be provided if needed (free of charge). There will be opportunity to rehearse before the audition for 20-25mins.

• The invited auditionees are required to perform a programme of at least two contrasting pieces lasting approximately 10 minutes in total, followed by a short interview.

If you are auditioning as an accompanist you must prepare two contrasting pieces, one instrumental and one vocal, for which you must provide your own soloists.

• The audition panel will be:

Matthew Hargreaves. Head of Scholarships & Artistic Planning at The Drake Calleja Trust.

Anna Wolstenholme. Principal Flute of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Flute at Bergen University.

Bryan Evans MBE. Music and Artistic Director of Diva Opera.


Drake Calleja Trust, Unitec House, 2 Albert Place, London N3 1QB, UK

+44 (0) 20 8371 6085

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