Details of the scheme
Piano Accompaniment, Harpsichord and Continuo Fellows do not hold student status. They are generally considered ‘junior colleagues’ by faculty members with the autonomy and self-regulation that this implies. Junior Fellows on the Artist Diploma are registered students at the RCM.
Applicants from outside the EU should note that they are required to indicate on their application what evidence they can show to prove their right to be in the UK for 2017/18.
In this unique position, you are expected to develop your musical and communication skills by undertaking further intensive study, working with students within the College and doing all you can to raise the profile of the RCM. You work in close contact with the Creative Careers Centre, the College’s centre for professional skills and publicity services.
The funding for the Junior Fellowships for students registered on the Artist Diploma programme includes a substantial sum to be put towards the course fees (usually the full Home/EU fees), plus a bursary in the region of £5,000. These figures should be taken into account when planning your budget.
Piano Accompaniment Fellows receive a tax-free bursary for which they carry out activities including musical work specifically designed to improve and widen their skill sets. Their commitments include being involved in College activities (including receiving guidance and informal tuition) and practice time on pianos provided by the college. Bursaries are intended to supplement, not replace, contributions from applicants' own resources. At the beginning of the academic year written approval must be obtained from the Projects Manager for their individual plan of study and involvement at the RCM. Bursaries are paid only after this approval has been confirmed. Funds are then normally made available on a termly basis, subject to satisfactory progress.
You are responsible for making your own arrangements for lessons and other tuition (other than Junior Fellows on the Artist Diploma course), inside and/or outside the RCM and for planning your own work routines and monitoring their effectiveness. Tuition may include lessons with RCM professors or those not directly associated with the RCM. Funds may also be used for tuition in related areas of study (e.g. coaching on other areas of repertoire, language study, related instruments and costs associated with starting out in the profession).
Working with students as a Junior Fellow, you are required to:
- Lead, coach, direct, inform and work with RCM performers and composers
- Provide advice, contacts, and examples of career development which should help current students
- Live in London/Greater London and be based at the RCM and normally be in College at least three days a week in term time
- Organise and/or become involved in projects and activities which enable you to work with current RCM students
- Attend special events as RCM representatives, contributing to these as requested.