Resident Music Scholar

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 is David Hedley, an oboist who will be with us for the duration of his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music from September 2019.

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David in the grounds of the Royal College of Music, July 2020

David grew up in Ashington, Northumberland and first began receiving oboe lessons at the age of 12. Four years later he was offered a full-time position in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band where he served for 6 years. Since leaving the Royal Marines, alongside his musical activities David has also spent a lot of time raising funds for several charities including NSPCC, Cancer Research and Marie Curie. He has recently graduated from Durham University where he read Music and has now moved to London to commence studies for his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music where he will be studying with Juliana Koch, Olivier Stankiewicz, Christine Pendrill and Fabien Thouand. David has been generously supported by the Ian Evans Lombe Scholarship and is extremely grateful to have been welcomed by the Robert Anderson Trust as their Resident Music Scholar for the duration of his master’s degree at RCM.

David regularly performs as a freelance musician in orchestras including Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as giving solo recitals and teaching in his spare time. Special thanks must be given to David’s previous teachers and mentors who include Norman Moore, Colin Kellett, Peter Rendle, Douglas Clarkson, Edward Kay, David Theodore, Gareth Hulse and Steven Hudson, all of whom have supported David’s development as a musician so far.

On 8 March David played principal oboe in a programme of Ravel and Saint- Saëns at the RCM conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, the current Director of Music at the Royal Opera House. The concert was live-streamed via the RCM website and David features prominently in the recordings which are available on Youtube:

Lili Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps: as above and here.
Ravel, Alborada del gracioso and Une barque sur l’ocean.

David is currently (February 2020) raising funds to purchase a new oboe. for more information please see his fundraising page, here.


Information about the Trust’s previous music students can be found here.