Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund

Would your pupils benefit from a bursary from the Joan Dickson Chamber Music  Fund?
Would you like to provide local chamber music opportunities for your pupils?

The purpose of the Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund is twofold:

To award bursaries enabling pupils of ESTA (UK) members to attend Chamber Music Courses
To award bursaries to ESTA (UK) members to help in the setting up of Chamber Music Projects for their pupils.

What has the Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund achieved?

The first JDCMF bursaries were awarded in 1999 since when a total of 73 pupil and 11 project bursaries, amounting to over £20,000, have been awarded.

What inspired the Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund?

The Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund was established in 1997 to honour the memory of Joan Dickson, a founder member of ESTA (UK) and its first Vice-Chair. Click here – for information on Joan and her vital work in support of ESTA (UK).

For Joan Dickson, chamber music is the essence of all that is greatest in music and she saw it as infinitely beneficial in the development of young players. The Joan Dickson Fund, established in her memory, is designed to foster the playing of chamber music among the young. Any practical needs can be catered for, such as the setting up of small libraries of music, the hiring of rooms for rehearsing, organising visiting chamber music coaches and helping ensembles to attend courses.

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The Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund is generously supported by Thomastik-Infeld and Hidersine.


JDCMF bursaree Conservatoire entry
Several JDCMF bursarees have gone on to study at Conservatoires or to read music at University and have credited their acceptance partly to skills honed during the chamber music courses that JDCMF bursaries helped them to attend. 2017 was a bumper year with three students starting at Conservatoires and one gaining a Choral Scholarship to University. One student for each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016 gained places at Conservatoires. JDCMF bursaries are available to pupils of full members of ESTA (UK) to attend Chamber Music courses which they might not otherwise be able to attend. Pupils must be aged 17 or under. The Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund would like to thank Thomastik-Infeld Vienna and Hidersine for their corporate sponsorship and also private individuals and trusts for their kind donations to the Fund.


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