Three Students Secure RPS Instrument Purchase Grants

By Gemma Cross


Every year, the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) provides funding to talented young musicians who do not own an instrument suitable for their professional training. RPS recently awarded a total of £17,000 in grants to first year undergraduates who are due to enter their second year.

Amongst this year’s recipients are a record three students from Leeds Conservatoire: Thomas Houghton and Ernie Moore who both study Jazz, plus Joshua Thurlow on the Production with Popular course. The RPS Instrument Purchase Grants are grants that do not have to be repaid, as RPS recognises the many financial challenges that young musicians face.

Caroline Hallam, Partnerships and Fundraising Manager at Leeds Conservatoire, shared the following:

We are delighted that the RPS has chosen to support three of our students. These grants will make a huge difference both during their studies and as they pursue their musical ambitions.

 “Leeds Conservatoire is committed to ensuring equal opportunities irrespective of financial background. It is thanks to support from funding such as RPS Instrument Purchase Grants that the conservatoire can enable some of the most gifted students to fulfil their potential.”

Read on to find out more about Thomas, Ernie and Joshua’s musical progress and how the RPS is helping them.

Ernie Moore

Ernie Moore

RPS Instrument Purchase Grant 2023 | £800 towards a flugelhorn

Course studied: Jazz

Ernie Moore is a trumpeter and flautist. He grew up in East London where he learnt classical music through the Redbridge Music Service.

Through playing in large orchestras, he performed around the country at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre and Birmingham Symphony Hall, achieving awards such as the Jack Petchey Award for his services to his music service. He then began to study Jazz at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy and the National Youth Jazz Collective, and has recently performed at both Leeds and Manchester Jazz Festival.

Ernie now runs his own bands/projects in Leeds such as his own quartet, his band nova.sol and is the co-founder of the community jam night No Standards Jam. He continues to be an active performer in jazz and is also an instrumental tutor.

View all 2023 RPS Instrument Purchase Grants recipients on the RPS website

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By Gemma Cross

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