Musical Societies

The Trust supports three kinds of musical society: -


performing - amateur choirs, orchestras and operatic societies


organising - other societies organising amateur music festivals and competitions


partnerships - conservatoires etc having a partnership with the Trust under which we provide funding for scholarships and bursaries for promising young musicians.

Funds are normally only granted to musical societies in the geographical and historical areas of Surrey.


Societies may apply annually for a grant to support their activities. Societies receiving a grant should show it as an individual item in their accounts explicitly naming the Trust. Any funds granted must be used exclusively by the society and should not be shared with third parties. Trust support should be acknowledged in promotional material and programmes; versions of our logo are available for this purpose.

Amateur Performing Societies
Your society is expected to be well-managed and, as far as possible, self-supporting. In planning each season’s programme, you will want to maintain a balance between performing a wide variety of classical music and offering music the public is willing to pay to hear, and between the use of purpose-built (but more expensive) concert halls and alternative venues, such as churches, which are cheaper and often closer to the society’s base and potential audience. The Trust appreciates that professional soloists enhance the quality of concerts but add to costs; consideration should be given to using young local singers and instrumentalists, giving them an opportunity to promote their careers. Performing members should not receive fees.

Organising Societies
The Trust supports musical societies in Surrey organising amateur classical music festivals, providing them with prizes and other financial support to encourage talented young musicians to take their skills to a higher level.

The Trust funds scholarships and bursaries in support of highly talented young musicians attending the Royal College of Music and a limited number of other national institutions preparing gifted young musicians for a career in music. The Trustees have no plans at present to extend their number of partnerships.


How to apply
Please open and edit (in Word) and email the Society application form.

You should use this form as well as the guidance notes below to ensure you provide all the required information. You can email to request further help or advice.


Societies: - it is interesting to learn something about your society to make it an individual application such as how many members you have, whether they audition, how                   much they pay, when and how often you rehearse, whether you organise social events, how you attract new members etc.
                - In addition, we require a breakdown of income and expenditure by concert/festival showing venues and totals for the whole season and your budget and                   programme for the coming season, again by concert

Partners: the initial application will be in principle. When the Trustees have agreed it, it should be followed by a more detailed breakdown by recipient(s), music specialism and year of study. Once the award has been agreed at this stage it will be transferred immediately.

Each application is judged on its own merits. The Trustees’ decision is final.


Contact: Kate Perry, Administrator -
Address: HR Taylor Trust, 32 Chipstead Station Parade, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3TF