The Cooper

Registered Charity number 1094767


The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust was founded in 2002.

Our founder member, Albert William Cooper (1913-2007) left a legacy in his Will to the Charity to benefit young persons “who play an instrument with the bow”, i.e. violin, viola, cello and double bass.

The Charity provides funds for tuition; help towards the purchase of an instrument; some living expenses incurred whilst in full time or postgraduate education/studies at college/university.
We support students up to about 30 years of age.
The charity can only accept applications from those who are studying in the UK at a recognised music school/college or still at school and resident in the UK and hold a UK bank account. We will to pay all successful applicants their grant by bank transfer.

2020 Audition - Tuesday 7th April 2020 [to be confirmed]

We are now accepting applications for auditions in 2020, which must be in by 30th November 2019. Please note applications received after the deadline 30th November 2019 will not be considered for the 2020 auditions.

PLEASE NOTE: 2021 AUDITIONS - deadline for application - 30th November 2020

Applications will only be considered when we have received all your information as laid out in “Applying for a grant”

Applying for a grant.
Applicants who have reached Grade 8 or above; college diploma standard or higher are invited to apply at any time during the year. The Trust requires the following information from all applicants who wish to be considered for a grant:

Applications will only be considered when we have received the following information either by post or email. [preferred choice]

1 Personal summary of why you should be given a grant or if the applicant is a child a letter from his/her parent.
2 CV if appropriate.
3 Names and addresses of 2 referees or a copy of a reference.
4 Copies of any acceptance letters from colleges/universities and any awards received.
5 All successful applicants will be required to attend an audition.

We hold auditions once a year in the spring to coincide with the Easter school holidays.

Audition Criteria
The trustees would like all applicants to bring two contrasting pieces of their own choice, with or without accompaniment. We would like all applicants to feel free in their choice to show us why they deserve support from the Trust, so it is important to choose music that gives us a chance to evaluate your musical skills, both in terms of technique but equally if not more important, musicianship. So the word 'contrasting' is yours to interpret, we are not expecting fast/slow; baroque/romantic; it is up to you. We try to make the auditions as informal as possible, to give every applicant a chance to perform to the best of their ability.
(Please Note: we are unable to supply an accompanist)

We are looking for applicants with a high level of achievement but also an equal degree of potential, in their future studies and career.

The auditions usually take between 15 - 20 minutes; 10 minutes playing followed by an informal interview. If we are over subscribed for the day and feel everyone deserves a hearing; auditions maybe reduced to 15 minute sessions.

For further information please contact Celia Willitt (preferably by email)  or by post to the address below [enclosing a SAE please if requesting information by post]

PLEASE NOTE: 2020 AUDITIONS - deadline for application - 30th November 2019

The Laurels, Sunnybox Lane, Slindon Common, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0LX
Tel. 01243 814411