The Stephen Bell Trust regrets that it will not be holding its annual auditions for student bursaries in 2024 and is in the process of closing down.

About the Trust

The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust was a small Trust whose main area of support is music education. Since 2009, annual bursaries have been awarded to string players of exceptional ability following live auditions in London, to help them fund their postgraduate degrees in the UK.

Individual awards of up to £4000 have been made to numerous successful candidates over the years, with many going on to secure lasting careers in the music profession.


Our awards have been made available to violinists, violists, and cellists studying at one of the UK conservatoires or University, and who were about to commence Postgraduate studies at one of the following institutions:

Royal Academy of Music
Royal College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland



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