Mills Williams Junior Fellows receive an award that makes a substantial contribution to their course fees and living costs. Holders of this award are considered members of the team of junior fellows and will be expected to participate fully in RCM life.
The Mills Williams Junior Fellowship is only available to students on the Artist Diploma (ArtDip) in Performance programme and cannot be held for more than one year.
All junior and accompaniment fellows hold a unique position at the Royal College of Music. They are expected to develop musical and communication skills by undertaking further intensive study, working with other students internally and doing all they can to raise the profile of the RCM externally. All fellows work in close contact with the Creative Careers Centre, the RCM’s centre for professional skills and publicity services.
Current Mills Williams Junior Fellow
Jonathan Radford, saxophone
Initially studying at Chetham’s School of Music, Jonathan continued his musical education in France at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique de Paris (CNSM), becoming the first British saxophonist to enter Claude Delangle’s world-famous saxophone class. Recently completing his masters degree with distinction from CNSM, Jonathan will continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music as the Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017/18.
He has performed throughout Europe in many prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Grieg Hall and Philharmonie de Paris and has performed numerous concertos with orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen promoter of contemporary music, Jonathan has collaborated with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) and has premiered works by Betsy Jolas and Luis Naón.
Passionate about chamber music, Jonathan co-founded the Yendo Quartet. The saxophone group have been broadcast by Radio France on the programmes Generation Young Talent and Alla Breve and have recently released their first CD, Utópico.
Jonathan has received awards from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, the Laubach Masterclass and most recently was awarded a Maisie Lewis Award by The Musicians’ Company, a star award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a senior soloist award from the Hattori Foundation. Jonathan is a Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award holder, a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist.
Shortlisting and interviews
Shortlisting for junior fellowships will take place once the RCM’s audition process is complete, which is usually in February. Only students offered a place on the Artist Diploma in Performance will be considered.
Interviews for the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship will be held on Tuesday 13 March 2018.
Please note that interviews will be held at the office of the Mills Williams Trustees.
Monro Wright & Wasbrough LLP
7-8 Great James Street
London WC1N 3DF
Should you be invited to interview, you will be required to bring original documentation (visa, passport or leave to remain in the UK) confirming that you have permission to be in the UK.
In your interview you will be required to:
- Meet and talk with a panel
- Discuss the contents of your portfolio and your achievements to date
- Expand on any of the information in your portfolio in light of developments since applying
- Discuss experience and career plans and suggest ways in which you would like to contribute to the work of the RCM
- Present a short extract of not more than five minutes from your submitted recording and be prepared to discuss your performance(s) as an instrumentalist. Key selection criteria will include your ability to evaluate this in terms of strengths and weaknesses, as well as your development to date and future goals
Results will be conveyed as soon as possible after the interviews have taken place.
If you are expected to perform on the day of the interview, you will be notified in advance.
Conditions for successful applicants
As Mills Williams Junior Fellow you will be expected to:
- Include reference to the award in your CV and in any biographical notes accompanying appearances
- Produce a short written report on activities undertaken to date by the end of each term
- Keep trustees and sponsors informed on a regular basis of opportunities to attend performances or events in which you are involved