The Trust is now receiving applications for bursaries towards Postgraduate Study, from Violinists, Violists and Cellists currently enrolled as a 4th year undergraduate student in the UK.

The closing date for Applications is Friday 1st April 2022 at 5pm.

About the Trust

The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust is a small Trust whose main area of support is music education. The annual Stephen Bell Charitable Trust bursaries are awarded to string players of exceptional ability and promise who can demonstrate a need for help with funding their first postgraduate degree in the UK.

Awards of up to £3000 may be made to suitable candidates, at the discretion of the Trustees. In exceptional circumstances more substantial awards may be made. The Trustees reserve the right not to make any awards if no suitable candidates present themselves.


The awards are open to violinists, violists, and cellists only, currently studying at a UK conservatoire or University.

The applicant must be proposing to start their Postgraduate studies in September 2022 at one of the following institutions only:

  • 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

Applicants must currently be in their final year of undergraduate study at a UK institution.

We regret that Awards cannot be made for second year or subsequent postgraduate degrees (or for Junior Fellowships, orchestral pathway or similar courses).

Notes on the award process

Round 1:  Applicants should submit:

  • audio recordings – NOT VIDEO – by providing a link to an online file sharing platform such as YouTube or Soundcloud. Applicants must clearly state the composer and title of each piece
  • the completed Application Form emailed to Please note that the PDF application form available below is a fillable PDF; clicking inside each field will give you a cursor and you can then type your answer

You are not required to send your Financial Statement at this stage.

Your recording MUST include 2 contrasting works of around 10 minutes in total (free choice of repertoire); however, please note that the same repertoire will be required should you be selected for the Round 2 auditions in London or Manchester (or online if Government Restrictions are still in place) in July 2022.

Successful candidates will then be notified in early May and invited to Round 2.

Round 2: It is hoped that candidates selected from Round 1 will be invited to a live audition in London or Manchester sometime in July 2022. This will be confirmed in June.

These selected candidates only will be required to send us a Financial Statement no later than 30th June (the form is available below). Please do not send this information with your initial application in Feb/March.

Piano accompaniment

There will be no official piano accompanist at the Round 2 auditions, if we are able to hear you live this year, but candidates will be strongly encouraged to bring their own accompanist if appropriate.  A warm-up room will be available 15 minutes before the audition time.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Application Forms

We have the application form in both a pdf and an rtf (Rich-Text format). The pdf can either be printed out and filled in by hand (if your handwriting is very clear, and then scanned/emailed) or you use something like pdf-filler (either as a google chrome extension, or on their site).

The rtf version is openable/fillable by many commonly-programs like Word, but formatting will vary, so do your best!

Round 1 Application Form:  PDF versionRTF version

Round 2 Financial Statement: PDF version | RTF version

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