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The Royal Schools of Music

We have made annual charitable donations to support the work of our four associated Royal Schools for many years and have recently introduced scholarships at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  

We provide scholarships and bursaries to outstanding students at the colleges, with more than 70 scholars benefiting from ABRSM funding each year.


ABRSM scholarships and funding

The Royal Schools of Music

Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music, based in London, trains nearly 700 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines.

ABRSM’s annual donation to the Academy supports a number of individual scholars but also supports outreach projects such as ‘Open Academy’ – a programme which reaches out to over 2,000 participants in schools, hospitals and respite centres throughout London. ABRSM also supports the Academy’s outstanding calendar of performances throughout the year.

The current (2015) ABRSM scholars are:


Christine Stuart
Cello, UK


Sarah Hoyle
Bassoon, UK
Aaron Godfrey-Mayes
Voice (Tenor), UK
Joshua Wilson
Bassoon, UK
Jonathan Davies
Bassoon, UK
Riccardi Constantin
Violin, France
Margarita Balanas
Cello, Latvia
Andrey Illiushkin
Piano, Russia
Salih Emre Ersahin
Double Bass, Turkey
Chieri Tomii
Violin, Japan


Michael Mofidian
Voice (Bass), UK
Claire Newton
Viola, UK
Daniel Lebhardt
Piano, Hungary
Iosif Purits
Accordion, Russia
Andrey Lebedev
Guitar, Australia
Alisa Ermakova
Flute, Russia


Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music in London’s South Kensington is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook.

Founded in 1882, the RCM is home to around 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 60 countries, who are taught in a dynamic and nurturing environment and leave the College to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.

In the 2016 QS World University Rankings the RCM was ranked the top conservatoire in the United Kingdom for Performing Arts and joint third across all Performing Arts institutions worldwide

ABRSM’s financial contribution to the RCM provides vital student support through the College’s extensive scholarships programme and its pioneering professional development hub, the Creative Careers Centre.

Current students at the Royal College of Music with ABRSM scholarships are:


Brendan Connellan
French Horn, UK


Juliana Myslov
Harp, UK
Eleanor Doddford
Oboe, UK
Elizabeth Tocknell
French Horn, UK
Katie Potts
Oboe, UK
Petar Dimov
Piano, Bulgaria
Grigoris Ioannou
Piano, Greece
Hyun-Gi Lee
Orchestral Percussion and Timpani, Korea
Alexandra Li
Violin, Russia
Yen-Ho Anny Chen
Violin, Taiwan
Valeria Kurbatova
Harp, Russia
Kenny Salazar
Piano, Venezuela


Ryan Hume
Trombone (Tenor), UK
Eunsley Park
Violin, UK
Johannes Marmen
Violin, Sweden
Arne Gieshoff
Composition, Germany
Simon Simphiwe Shibambu
Voice (Bass-Baritone), South Africa
Samson Tsoy
Piano, Russia


Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music, formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music, has, for many years, been the first choice institution for a large number of aspiring professional musicians from the UK and overseas.

ABRSM’s annual donations have enabled the RNCM to develop significant initiatives over the years that directly benefit students and enhance their employability.

Here are the names of the students who benefited from ABRSM scholarships in 2015:


Charlotte Hand
Violin, UK


Nicholas Seymour
Saxophone, UK
Dominic Degavino
Piano, UK
Tyler Hay
Piano, UK
Marija Anna Novicane
Euphonium, Latvia
Anna Weidemann
Voice (Soprano), Germany
Filipe Modaffore Dandolo
Double Bass, Brazil
Madeleine Fitzgerald
Violin, Australia
Adele Xiang
Cello, Australia
Kana Ohashi
Violin, Japan


Shaoqing Xie
Double Bass, China
Danbi Um
Violin, Korea
James Christopher Hendry
Piano, UK
Aaron O'Hare
Voice, UK
Ugnius Pauliukonis
Piano, Lithuania
Adriana Lucia Cristea
Violin, Romania


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is Scotland's national centre of professional vocational training in performance arts based in Glasgow.

ABRSM’s donations to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland reap enormous rewards in terms of widening opportunities to reach the greatest number of potential conservatoire entrants. In 2015 ABRSM provided scholarships to these students studying at the Conservatoire:


Lucy Gibson
Bassoon, UK


Benjamin Burnley
Double Bass, UK
Jack Sandison
Voice, UK
Olivia Harrison
Bassoon, UK
Richard Leonard
Tenor Trombone, UK
Juta Pranulyte
Composition, Lithuania
Balazs Renczes
Cello, Hungary
Yichen Pan
Piano, China
Hui Baichuan
Piano, China
Xizi Zhang
Piano, China
Cason Kang
Piano, Singapore


Khanyiso Banard Gwenxane
Voice (Opera), South Africa
Wen Wang
Violin, China
Christopher Nairne
Voice (Baritone), UK
Eiryls Davies
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano), UK
Daniel Ciobanu
Composition, Romania
Patrick Nolan
Performance, Ireland


Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Luke MillardWe give a number of scholarships to students studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD).

The collaboration provides ABRSM scholarships to Welsh students studying at the College. In 2015 the following students benefited from a scholarship:


Dafydd Chapman
Piano, Wales
Madeline Lloyd
Flute, Wales


Joseph Keenan
Cello, Wales
Hannah Clist
Cello, Wales
Luke Millard
Cello, Wales




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