Sarah Barrow Bursary in Music 2023/24

Bursary to support MMus Performance


About the Bursary

In 2022, a donation was endowed to the University of Liverpool for the provision of a Sarah Barrow Bursary in Music (MMus programme). The donation followed the generous establishment of a postgraduate bursary in the department of French in 2021, which was also named in honour of Sarah Barrow. In memory of her husband, Sarah Barrow had herself endowed The James Barrow Chair of French at the University of Liverpool (1905), one of the first endowed positions in French in English Higher Education.

The Sarah Barrow Bursary in Music is to be supportive of PG Home/UK students for whom the cost of continuing onto postgraduate study would be prohibitive. Each academic year, the gift will fund one needs-based bursary of £6,000 for a Home/UK student progressing onto the MMus Performance programme.


  • Applicants must be Home/UK students and able to demonstrate this.
  • Applicants are required to make a convincing case explaining why they need additional financial support.
  • Applicants are required to have applied for and successfully secured a place on the MMus performance through the standard procedure.
  • Applicants are required to have achieved a minimum performance standard equivalent of a first class grade in their undergraduate third year final recital. University of Liverpool students who have successfully completed third year classical performance are not required to submit video performances or audition as these materials will already be on record. Candidates from outside the University will be required to submit a video of a 30 minute performance in the first instance. If appropriate they may also be invited to interview in person or online and/or required to undertake a quick study at the panel’s request.
  • The successful candidate will keep the University regularly updated on progress and achievements. The candidate will be required to assist in the promotion of the bursary and the MMus programme as appropriate and when requested to do so.
  • The successful candidate will be required on request to perform at the donor’s residence a fundraising concert/recital relevant to the bursary.
  • The Bursary of £6,000 will be used to contribute towards the successful candidate’s fees at the home student rate (approx. £9,900).
  • The bursary is conditional on successful academic progress and demonstration of professional behaviour. The panel reserves the right to withdraw or suspend the bursary if there are any reasons for concern.
  • Applicants are required to apply for the bursary by 8 July 2023. The successful candidate will be informed by 31 July or soon thereafter.

How to apply

Please download the Sarah Barrow Bursary for Music 2023-24 and return it to Ruth Minton by 8 July 2023.

More information

For more information about the scheme or an informal discussion about the programme, please contact Ruth Minton. Details about the MMus programme can be found here. For information about the Department of Music, please visit: For information about postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool, please visit: