Making Music provision more affordable and available for young people and families.


  • Future Talent funding - up to £5,000
  • Basingstoke Guitar Ensemble Membership Free this year
  • Free tuition and instrument hire for endangered species instruments  


Future Talent - funding

Do you know a talented young musician who needs support, guidance and financial help?

Future Talent, a charity supporting gifted young musicians from low income backgrounds, is now accepting applications from musicians and their families for our Mentoring, Advice and Bursary Programme 2016. For More info...

The application deadline is Monday 11 January 2016.

Worsley Bursary:

Available to musicians aged 5 to 15 years. As well as the support and opportunities above, you can apply for a financial award of up to £3,000 to be used over three years.

Robinson Bursary:

Available to musicians aged 16 to 18 years. As well as the support and opportunities above, you can apply for a financial award of up to £1,000 for one year. Award recipients may re-apply each year until they turn 18.

Liz and Terry Bramall Scholarship:

Available to musicians aged 5 to 18 years who permanently reside in Yorkshire or the North of England. Offering the same support and opportunities as above, this scholarship can continue until you turn 18 and provides an annual award of up to £2,000.

Coombs Scholarship:

The Coombs Scholarship will assist an exceptionally talented young musician aged 16 to 18 years. As well as the mentoring, development and performance opportunities, the Coombs Scholar will receive an award of £5,000 to assist in the transition between full-time education and the next stage of their musical development. You must apply and successfully audition for a 2016 Robinson Bursary or Liz and Terry Bramall Scholarship to be considered for the Coombs Scholarship.

Basingstoke Guitar Ensemble 

The first acoustic guitar ensembles are being launched this October, at no cost to members for the first academic year.

Basingstoke Guitar Ensemble

Venue, Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke

Rehearsal: Fridays during term time, 5 - 6pm (launching 16 October)

If you are interested in coming to these ensembles, then please get in touch in advance so we can warn the tutor, before you attend a rehearsal session.


Free Instrumental Teaching and Hire for 'Endangered Species'

Note from the Charity Chair.... I see this is not in our area yet, but will be asking HMS whether the Free Tuition and Hire is available to our young people as well!  

Our area ensembles have been busy setting up free instrumental lessons and hire for select instruments.

What is meant by ‘Endangered Species’? 

Put simply, both at a local and national level, there are just not enough of these instruments being played in ensembles. This year Hampshire Music Service wishes to remove barriers and offer specialist free tuition and instrument hire to those wanting to give ’endangered’ instruments a try, with an expectation of joining one of our ensembles.

Sessions are in local schools late afternoon/early evening and have started or are starting this autumn term. Just get in touch to register your interest.

List of area ensembles and the Endangered Species groups they are supporting:

  • Gosport & Fareham Youth Orchestras, 4.45 - 5.45pm, Henry Cort School: Double Basses, Cellos and French Horns

  • Hamble Area Youth Bands, The d@rt Centre, Wildern School: 3.45 - 4.15pm Trombones, 4.15 - 4.45pm Tubas.

  • Havant Clarinet & Saxophone Choir, 4 - 5pm, Cowplain School: Bass Guitars

  • Petersfield Area Schools Strings Orchestras: Double Basses and Cellos.

  • Portchester, Fareham & Gosport Youth Bands, 3.45 - 4.45pm, Crofton School: Tubas and Euphoniums

  • Romsey Area Schools Orchestras, 3.45 - 4.45pm, Mountbatten School: Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas and French Horns