ALBERT COOPER MUSIC CHARITABLE TRUST
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]
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
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.
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.
||Personal summary of why you should be
given a grant or if the applicant is a child a letter from
||CV if appropriate.
||Names and addresses of 2 referees or
a copy of a reference.
||Copies of any acceptance letters from
colleges/universities and any awards received.
||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.
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
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
or by post to the address
below [enclosing a SAE please if requesting information by post]
NOTE: 2020 AUDITIONS - deadline for application - 30th November 2019
The Laurels, Sunnybox Lane,
Slindon Common, Arundel, West
Sussex, BN18 0LX
Tel. 01243 814411