Trinity Hall participates in the Intercollegiate Instrumental Awards Scheme which was set up to enable gifted players to reach a high standard of performance in classical chamber music. The Scheme is available to players of the following instruments:
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & French Horn.
Award-holders are expected to give priority to rehearsals (about six hours per week) with their ensembles. Successful applicants will be placed in an ensemble by the Scheme’s managers. Members of the ensembles may come from any College. In their second and third year, award-holders are able to express preferences about the type of ensemble in which they would like to play (for example, wind quintet, string quartet, piano trio), and the award-holders with whom they would like to be grouped. Instrumental Award-holders receive a small financial award (currently £75), as well as a subsidy towards instrumental lessons, and free chamber music coaching from major professional coaches, including the Endellion and Fitzwilliam String Quartets, pianist Ian Brown, and oboist Celia Nicklin. A Distinction at Grade VIII of the Associated Board, or other equivalent qualification, should be considered a minimum standard for application for an Instrumental Award.
Trinity Hall Instrumental Award
Trinity Hall also offers its own annual Instrumental Award (to a value of £500.00), the purpose of which is to offer financial support toward the musical development of an outstanding College musician (reading any subject) whose instrument is not catered for by the University's Instrumental Award Scheme. Players of all other musical instruments associated with any tradition or genre are eligible to apply. The principal intention of the award is to support the cost of regular instrumental lessons. However, a contribution to other relevant expenditure can also be considered; such examples may include (though not be limited to) approved overseas musical study, attendance fees for an approved instrumental course and/or the purchase of relevant musical equipment. The Award holder is expected to play a significant role in the musical life of the college and to offer a full-length solo recital within the Trinity Hall Music Society series during the year in which they hold the Award.