Bursaries and Fellowships


The Gordon Robinson Memorial Trust administers bursaries for talented young musicians to support their advanced music making.

These are awarded by audition each September and run for a year, extendable to a maximum of three years. They are intended to part-fund individual tuition on a students principal instrument or voice.

Bursaries have been endowed by, or in the name of:

  • Annie Holt
  • Vera Ashton
  • Neil Tobin
  • Julie Record
  • Peter Moreton (specifically for a Jazz Musician)
  • Northampton Masonic Province
  • Northampton Rotary Club
  • Northampton (West) Rotary Club
  • Wellingborough Rotary Club
  • Individual Donations

Auditions will be held in July for the following year. Please make sure you complete and return your application form.


Each year two instrumental and two vocal fellowships are awarded to students in their final year with us. The Instrumental Fellowship Awards are directly funded by former governor Nigel Cobb and the Vocal Awards by Derek Needle and the Kingsley Singers.

These are awarded annually as a result of nomination by NMPAT staff, audition and a final public recital.

Causebrook Organ Fund

The Gordon Robinson Trust administers a small grant from the Sudborough Foundation in the name of the Causebrook Organ Fund to support young organists with the costs of lessons. The grant could typically fund up to 50% of the cost of lesson fees, depending on demand.

Applications for support, detailing current experience and costs associated with lessons are invited to GRTrust@NMPAT.co.uk 

Grants from Trusts and Foundations

See a list of potential sources of funding and grants for young musicians in need of financial support.