Margaret Irene Seymour Music Awards

Funding is available from Somerville towards the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition. Please note that award holders will be expected to play a full part in music-making in the college. This will include participating in college concerts and organising, in collaboration with the Somerville Music Society, an annual concert for all music award holders.


Enrolled undergraduates, whether reading music or not, are eligible for this funding. Please note that students who are on suspension and visiting students are not eligible.

Award levels

Awards are normally £250. Applicants who already receive substantial college funding for their instrument/voice may be eligible for a titular award.

Application process

Auditions will take place during the afternoon of Thursday of 2nd week (22nd October) in the College Chapel. Applicants should ensure that they will be available for the audition prior to applying. They will be required to offer a programme of up to seven minutes duration, using their own accompanist(s) if necessary, on the instrument or voice on which they will spend the award. The audition will be presented to the Director of Chapel Music, and two Fellows who will act as adjudicators. Please book an audition slot using the following link:

2020 Margaret Irene Seymour Music Awards

The deadline for booking an audition is 12 noon on Monday of 2nd week (19th October).


The adjudicators will make recommendations to Education Committee in 6th week of Michaelmas Term. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their audition by Monday of 7th week (23rd November).

Reporting and renewals

Award holders will be expected to submit a report in Trinity Term. Education Committee will then consider renewing the award for the next academic year.


Any queries should be emailed to