In addition to its one-month placements the Trust also provides accommodation and access to Dr Anderson’s music room and library on a long-term basis to a student of classical music, usually for the duration of a degree programme. The Trust is only able to offer one such scholarship at a time and the current Scholar, for the 2021-22 academic year, is John Paul Jennings, a conductor who will be with us for the second year of his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music from September 2021.
John Paul was the holder, in 2020-21, of the Trust’s ‘special award’, which was established to provide support for a deserving student of the Royal College of Music (RCM) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the particular challenges faced by musicians whose performances and other essential activities had been cancelled.
Hailing from Southern California, John Paul is fast-emerging as a young conductor of note. He has conducted, among others, the North Czech Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Oberlin Opera Theatre, and held the position of Cover Conductor with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. In 2020-22 he is pursuing a Master of Performance in Conducting degree at the Royal College of Music.
In summer 2021 John Paul was awarded a bursary by the Trust to support his participation in the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition.
Information about the Trust’s previous music scholars can be found here.