The Music Excellence Awards are a series of scholarships open to new students who have demonstrated a dedication to music making before arriving at university.
Students applying for 2016/17 entry will be able to apply for one of 5 £1500 scholarships.
Full details of who is eligible, how and when to apply, is available by clicking here
Our Current Awardees
Excellence Awardees 2015-18
This has been my first year at Winchester in which I have been studying drama. Before university I trained as a Musical Theatre singer and achieved my diploma in the summer of 2015. This is something I also explored within my local youth theatre, Dynamo; for example taking on the role of musical director for a show which originally had no musical arrangements, but I soon changed that. At university I still pursue my musical theatre interests through the choir SOHO, however I have also been pursuing new interests such as Jazz and Classical singing. This has been through private singing lesson and through the King Alfred Singers. One of this year’s highlights was my involvement in The Cathedral Group Choir Festival at Winchester Cathedral, my classical debut. Next year I hope to take more of a leadership role within a choir and to make further progress on accompanying myself with the piano and guitar.
I've always loved music and have studied the clarinet since I was in year 4. I'm currently working towards my grade 8 in clarinet, as well as dabbling with saxophones every now and then. I've played with Surrey youth orchestras since an early age, having the chance to play in the Royal Albert Hall on two occasions with the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra for different momentous occasions. Although I love music and it is a massive part of my life, I study English Language and History, which ties in with my other hobbies. Outside of music I am a full contact fighter and PR deputy (among other things) for the UK team of IMCF and BotN, a new and alternative sport in the country. Being part of the Foundation Music family has made my entry to the university easy and comfortable - I've made so many friends and the different ensembles are so varied all my love of music is catered for. I look forward to the rest of my musical career and time at the uni with the FM family!
Excellence Awardees 2014-17
From a young I age I have always loved to sing, and have also enjoyed playing both the flute and piano. I love to explore performing with my voice in a variety of genres including Jazz, Gospel, Classical and Musical Theatre in both choirs and individual performances. During my last year of 6th Form I enjoyed leading and being part of the 6th Form Choir where we sang a jazz arrangement of “Tea for Two”. I hope to use my enthusiasm for singing in the future, which is why I’m studying Vocal and Choral studies at the University of Winchester. I really enjoyed performing Ella Fitzgerald’s “Accentuate the Positive” with the school swing band, and this inspired me to listen to more of Ella’s music, which I went on to sing for my A Level Music performance exam. I have also had the opportunity to perform in various musical theatre productions, including the part of Mrs Bumble in Oliver. At Winchester University I aim to get involved with the Foundation Music community and I’m excited to develop my music interests.
I attained Grade 8 for recorder, oboe and voice. I also study flute and saxophone. Since 2007 I’ve been a member of Southampton Youth Wind band and Southampton Youth Orchestra and have seated as principal for 5 years. I also have a great interest in Musical Theatre and production, being a co-founder of Rising Stars Productions - a theatre group for teens. I have dedicated much time working on singing and choreography with young children and adults of all ages with additional needs. I am looking forward to furthering my ensemble and production skills as well as getting some conducting experience with the help of FM.
Special Mention Awardees 2014-15
At Winchester I am studying Primary Education. I play Saxophone, Percussion, Clarinet and I also sing. I enjoy all genres of music from big band jazz to sacred choral music. Music helped me into my chosen career, and has introduced me to a huge number of people with similar interests as myself. Foundation Music has so many musical opportunities that I cannot wait to take part in!
I am studying Global History and Politics at Winchester. I play the French Horn, Flugel Horn and Tenor Horn. I have played French Horn since year 4. I got my Grade 8 in French Horn in December 2013. I have played in a variety of ensembles, from Brass Bands and Orchestras through to Jazz Bands and even singing in a Choir. I have met so many of my friends through music and musical experiences, for example meeting my best friend on our music centre tour to Italy back in 2010! In April 2014, I took part in Buckinghamshire’s first event remembering the outbreak of the First World War, playing principal horn for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. I look forward to joining Foundation Music and all the new musical opportunities it will bring.
My name is Jennifer Gullick and I am studying Primary Education. I play the piano, guitar, and violin and enjoy singing. My favourite music for the piano is Mendelssohn's ‘Songs Without Words’. I love these as they allow for individual interpretation of the pieces' emotional qualities. I enjoy music in all its forms and love to participate whether playing for my own enjoyment, performing as an individual or as part of a larger group such as an orchestra or choir. I constantly have music playing in my head and enjoy composing my own music. Music is a vital part of my life; it relaxes me, motivates me and inspires me and I have always found music to be a good way of expressing myself. Being part of FM is a great way of making friends, representing the university making music and having a really fun time.
Excellence Awardees 2013-16
I play the Clarinet at Grade 8 level, Saxophone at Grade 8 level, Flute at Grade 5 level and Piano at Grade 4 standard. I love playing with other people because it creates such a feeling of community and you can have a laugh with everyone at the same time. Making music is fun! It is also such a lovely way to make new friends and be inspired by other musicians' creativity and dedication to their instruments. I have been blown away by the talent I've seen at university in my first year. Playing in Dixie Band this year has definitely been one of my musical highlights as we have had the opportunity to play at lots of events for others to hear! I also love playing solos on either my Clarinet or my Saxophone. To capture a live audience and strive to play a piece that they will enjoy from the first to final note is such a privilege and an honour.
I've been playing piano since I was 7 and really can't imagine my life without it. If I'm stressed or in a bad mood, it always makes me feel relaxed to play - especially anything by my favourite composer, Einaudi. I taught myself to play guitar when I started sixth form, so you can find me sitting around playing and singing fairly often. I also play the clarinet, which is a more recent venture, but it's quickly becoming a love of mine. As a Primary Education student, I love teaching children to play, sing, and just enjoy music: especially at summer camp, where I've worked in the USA. Performing in an ensemble is one of my favourite things to do and Foundation Music has allowed me to develop not only as a musician but as a person.
Special Mention Awardees 2013-14
Excellence Awardees 2012-15
Being a 3rd year history student much of my time is spent studying the seriousness of the past, therefore I absolutely love being able to unwind each day creating brilliant music in a different FM ensemble. Principally, I am a cellist but I also play tenor saxophone and am very passionate about singing. There is not a single genre of music that I don't love, and each of my instruments allow me to develop my interests in every type of music. I play a large part in the musical theatre choir S.O.H.O, being a joint manager, which has opened me up to so many new experiences and skills. I also participate in many other choirs and ensembles which has brought me closer to so many people, and there really is nothing better than having a great laid back jamming session or feeling the joy and success of completing an hour long requiem with some of your best friends. Those who know me now may find it hard to believe, but I have always been rather shy at performing, but now I can be found singing my heart out to a Tina Turner or Etta James classic, all because of the support, friendships and brilliant experiences I have found through music and FM.
I'm a third year currently studying Creative Writing with a goal to carry on to do a PGCE next year. My main instrument is the Bassoon, which I have played for 11 years, alongside singing which has always been a part of my life. I also play Contrabassoon and recently purchased a set of Bagpipes. I'm the Manager of the African Drumming Ensemble. I thoroughly enjoy all types of music, from Classical and Opera to Swedish Death Metal and Rap. However, I especially enjoy large choir pieces like the ones we sing at the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival. Instrumentally, I love finding and experimenting with different sounds, finding the best way to express the heart of the music.
Special Mention Awardees 2012-13
I am a 3rd year English Literature student. I am involved in various ensembles within FM including being the Deputy Director of the String Gems, one of the accompanists and singers for SOHO Choir and I sing in the King Alfred Singers and S.O.N.G. I also play violin in Mixed Outfit and I am the Director of Chaplaincy Music. As well as all this, I work for the uni's Catering Department and I even have a little time to spare for working towards my degree. I love FM predominantly for the friendships I have made through belonging to the ensembles I have joined. And FM really does offer a genuine feeling of belonging. It really is at the heart of my uni experience. I have made friends through FM who I can see being close to me till we're all old people. It's the best way to make friends!!
Excellence Awardees 2011-14
Current Administrator for Space for Peace, and the founder and leader of Gleeman (The Uni's Folk & World Music Choir), music has been a vital part of my time here at University. I am predominantly a singer, but also play piano, violin, mandolin, hammered dulcimer and a little bit of Zither and Celtic Harp. I love to compose and am always excited to team-up with others and work on songs/projects together. As well as Gleeman have been a part of King Alfred's Singers, Cantatus, String Gems and SONG during my time here. I completed my undergraduate in Creative Writing in 2014, and am currently undertaking further studies at the University.
Special Mention Awardees 2011-12
Excellence Awardees 2010-13
Excellence Awardees 2009-2012