The Trench Award 2021 | Applications Open

Applications are now invited from young singers and musicians who are pursuing a career in professional performance in the classical field for The Trench Award 2021.

Now in its eighth year, The Trench Award aims to assist a young singer or musician develop their professional career through further study at home or abroad. The bursary will be awarded to a student attending, or having been offered a confirmed place at, a University/ Music College or another accredited specialist music establishment undertaking classical music studies, either instrumental or vocal, in pursuit of a career in professional performance.

Six finalists will be invited to perform a 15-minute programme at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly on Saturday 21 August 2021 when bursaries will be awarded by a prestigious selection panel.

Applicants must be from the general Midlands region and under 27 years on 1 January 2021

Application form and further information available from or by request from

Deadline for receipt of application is Thursday, 10 June 2021.