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Applications are now closed

Our Senior Scholarships are for musicians over the age of 18, with no upper age limit.

Each academic year we award scholarships 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.

Important dates for 2023:

January 30th   -   Applications open
March 5th         -   Applications close
April (date tbc) -  Invitation to audition
May (dates below) - Auditions
June (date tbc) - Results announced

The auditions will take place in:

Manchester - Friday 12th May
London - Sunday 14th/Thursday 18th/Friday 19th/Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st May
Glasgow - Wednesday 24th May

There is also an option for on-line auditions for those unable to attend live.
This is for musicians not yet living in the UK.


• Singers, solo instrumentalists and accompanists living and studying in the UK can apply.
• To apply to the Trust you must be able to prove that you will be enrolled as a student in the UK for the applicable academic year (next applicable year: 2023-24).

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

• Applicants must be 18 or over on 1st September on the year of application
• We are open to all nationalities: 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 at least 2 recent video recordings lasting approximately 4 minutes each must uploaded via the online form. Longer recordings can be submitted but candidates must specify the section to be heard. 

• Name and email address of your referee.
We will ask for your reference if you are invited to audition.

• Budget for the academic year 2023-24.
Please provide as much information as possible. This should include:
Outgoings: Course fees, Rent
, Bills, Travel, Food, Instrument costs
Income: Student Loan, Scholarships, Paid work, Money from Parents.
Shortfall. How much you still need for the year.

• The applications deadline is strict. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. No exceptions to this rule will be made under any circumstances.


• London. 
Razumovsky Academy, 56 College Road, London, NW10 5ET

• Glasgow. 
Scottish Opera, Rankine Hall, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow G2 4PT

• Manchester. 
Carole Nash Hall, The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

• The shortlist of auditionees will be announced in April 2023.

• 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.

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


Drake Calleja Trust, Unitec House, 2 Albert Place, London N3 1QB, UK
+44 (0) 7973 333770
+44 (0) 20 8371 6085

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