Music Scholarships


LU Arts is delighted to announce that in 2018/19 we will be offering nine arts scholarships that are open to students across our two campuses. These will be awarded to students who have a passion and commitment to a particular art form and who would benefit from a package of support that would enable them to develop their skill and knowledge in their field of interest. In return we expect recipients to actively contribute to the creative life of the University through delivering and participating in events that showcase the best of our student talent.

Music has always been a key aspect of the student experience at Loughborough. The University is committed to supporting students' musical activities through tuition, societies, ensembles and scholarships; as well as providing opportunities for staff, students and the local community to hear students perform. There are notable examples of students who have graduated in a non-related discipline, but who gained University music scholarships going on to pursue a career in music. These include the opera singer Ian Storey (Furniture Design) and the folk musician Tom Kitching (Politics and Social Policy). We want to encourage students to participate in and enjoy music while they are here and enable students at different levels to gain acces to a wide range of music opportunities.

The music scholarships are aimed at supporting high level musicians and singers in further developing their abilities. There are seven music scholarships open to students which are outlined below. We also have scholarships in creative writing/spoken word and performing arts - more information.

Music scholarships available:

·          3 x instrumental scholarships

·          2 x choral scholarships

·          1 x singer songwriter/contemporary solo artist scholarship

·          1 x open scholarship

Each scholarship package includes a cash prize and a package of mentoring/music tuition.

Details about the application process for the 2019/20 scholarships will be made avaiable in the Spring term.

2018/19 winners:

Joshua Ireland - Instrumental: Percussion

Joshua has been playing percussion since the age of 8 and has been a member of numerous ensembles from school and local bands to national ensembles, including the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. Whilst at Loughborough University, he has continued his music and has joined both Tuxedo Swing and LSU Classical. He enjoys playing both the drum kit and general percussion with both ensembles and hopes to continue playing with them for the remainder of his time at Loughborough. He was awarded the Loughborough Music scholarship and hopes to make a positive impact on the musical life on campus.

Hannah Rayner -Instrumental: Flute

Hannah was first introduced to classical music when she started ballet at the age of four. When she was seven, she began learning the flute. Since then, she has achieved her ABRSM Flute Grades 1-8 and has performed regularly to consistently reach higher-levels of playing. Hannah also studied A Level Music where she explored the theory behind a wide-variety of musical styles and genres and learnt musical composition. 

Since joining Loughborough to study Industrial Design in 2015, Hannah has been a committed member of the LSU Classical Society and Stage Society, where she has enjoyed performing to audiences regularly. Hannah has also had an active role on both committees and feels passionately about widening the presence of both societies on campus. Following her first Music Scholarship Award in 2016, Hannah founded the Loughborough Flute Choir which brought together flautists of mixed abilities and organised opportunities for the group to perform at university events. She also receives subsidised music tuition awarded to her by LU Arts. 

Since joining Loughborough, Hannah has engaged in improving the presence of arts on Loughborough campus and this year, her goal is to make more students aware of the arts opportunities Loughborough University has to offer- both during their university application process and at their time of study.

Ifan Llywelyn - Instrumental: Violin/Trombone

Since a young age, Ifan has been interested in music and has played a number of instruments, achieving a grade 8 on trombone and a diploma on the violin during his time in school. From when  he was 8 up untill he was 14, Ifan played with the NCO (national childrens orchestra GB) and has enjoyed playing in instrumental groups ever since. As a first year in Loughborough, he takes part in both the Tuxedo swing jazz band and the LSU classical societies, enjoying a wide variety of pieces to perform, form Dvorak’s 8th symphony to the Lord of the rings soundtrack. Between terms he is also involved with the national youth windband and orchestra of Wales.

Daniel Moss - Choral: Voice

When arriving at Loughborough University, Daniel joined Stage Society and auditioned for their production of Hairspray where he landed his first ever musical role of Link Larkin. Since then he has been involved in many productions, having played roles such as the plant in Little Shop of Horrors and Jack in Into the Woods. After pursuing music, he was awarded with the Loughborough Music Scholarship last year. Since then he's been involved in several shows and continues to work with LUArts tuition towards his DipLCM in Musical Theatre. He was fortunate enough to be awarded one of the Choral Scholarships this year, so keep an eye out for him performing around campus in a variety of shows, next up is Welfare & Diversity's charity showcase: Loughborough's Got Talent.

Sean Roche Watson - Choral: Voice

Whilst Sean has always had a keen interest in music of all kinds, his formal singing career only started in earnest in his final year at Sixth form after attending an Eton choral course. He then successfully auditioned for his School’s liturgical choir as a tenor, performing major choral works and solos at concerts and various religious institutions around the country (e.g. Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral). Singing with the choir then gave him the confidence to try out for his school musical, performing as the maniacal Beadle Bamford in the School Production of Sweeney Todd, ‘The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’.   Despite wishing to pursue a degree in Engineering, Sean is keen to continue his singing career, expand his vocal capabilities and branch out into new musical genres. To this end, after joining Loughborough University, he has started singing lessons through LUARTs, and has now successfully auditioned as one of the lead vocalists with the Loughborough University Big band ‘Tuxedo Swing’.  Under Jenny Saunder's singing tutelage he was encouraged to apply for the Loughborough Music Scholarship and was successful in obtaining a choral scholarship.

Michael Harry - Singer Songwriter/Contemporary Music

Michael is a gospel music artist who loves to uplift the name of Jesus through his music, and stir encouragement, hope and fun with his listeners. He is a lover of people and is currently undertaking a PhD at the prestigious Loughborough University Design School.

Born and raised in Nigeria, he honed his talent from high school and church, and gradually developed a good vocal range & artistry in RnB, Soul, Pop, Country and Reggae genres. Though he struggled with his musical confidence, with the support of family and friends, he bravely recorded his first studio album in 2009 and another in 2015, along with live concerts annually.

In spite of the loss of both parents, his driving passion is to make valuable impact in the lives of people through his music and lifestyle. Hence, being at Loughborough University has afforded him great opportunities to meet other aspiring musicians, form bands, use practice rooms and dream big. He has faithfully organised/hosted 2 major concerts annually, at Christmas and late-Spring.

2017/18 winners:

Ben Abbott (euphonium)
Daniel Moss (voice).

To find out about some of our previous winners, watch this video:


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