Applications are now being sought from young singers and musicians from the midlands who are pursuing a career in professional performance in the classical field for the 2017 Trench Award.
In its fourth 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.
In 2017, the Trench Award will form part of the inaugural Birr Festival of Music & Voice.
Six finalists will be invited to perform a 15 minute programme at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Sunday, May 28, 2017 when the bursary will be awarded by a prestigious selection panel.
Applicants must be from the midlands region and under the age of 27 on January 1, 2017.