The scholarships will fund course fees for students studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and St Mary’s School in Edinburgh
The Royal Over-Seas League is introducing two new Scottish music scholarships to fund course fees for students studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh.
Each school will offer a 5K scholarship for the next six years, funded by a £65,000 legacy from Evelyn Small, who regularly attended ROSL’s annual series of concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the scholarship will go towards the fees of an international student from a Commonwealth country, studying on either an undergraduate or postgraduate course. At St Mary’s Music School the scholarship will fund the tuition fees of a young Scottish musician studying at the country’s specialist music school.
Commenting on the scholarships, ROSL’s Artistic Director Geoff Parkin said: ‘I am delighted that ROSL is able to expand its support for emerging musical talent in Scotland through these two new scholarships. Students from both schools have gone on to become ROSL alumni in our renowned Annual Music Competition and we look forward to strengthening our relationships with these wonderful organisations’.
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: ‘We are very grateful to the Royal Over-Seas League for celebrating Evelyn Small’s love of music through this welcome investment in the next generation of international artists studying at Scotland’s national conservatoire.
Scholarships play a vital role in helping realise the potential of exceptional young artists regardless of the barriers they face. They are more needed now than ever and this is a wonderful gift that will have real and lasting impact.’
Meanwhile, Dr Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher of St Mary’s Music School said: ‘The legacy gift from Miss Small and the Royal Over-Seas League will help to nurture exceptional young talent and support a young person’s musical education at St Mary’s Music School.
The school will distribute the ROSL gift through the Scholarship Fund to wherever the need is greatest. Each year the Scholarship Fund allows St Mary’s Music School to support up to 20 young people ever year, in recognition of their outstanding musical ability and to supplement the Scottish Government Aided Places Scheme support. The Miss Small legacy gift and ROSL will making a transformational musical journey possible.’