College-bound Guernsey musicians can apply for bursary to 4 May 2012

March 31st, 2012 by Deutsche Bank International Ltd.

The ‘Keith Dawber Memorial Bursary’ is being re-launched for musicians in Guernsey wishing to study classical music at university or college.

Guernsey residents who intend to pursue further studies relating specifically to instrumental or vocal classical music are encouraged to apply for a bursary that is returning for the second consecutive year.

Deutsche Bank sponsors the Bursary, which is worth a total of £1,500 annually and aims to assist students with the cost of study materials, books and tuition fees.

Applications are now open for the academic year commencing September 2012 and are invited from local students from within the Bailiwick who already attend or have been offered a confirmed place at a college, university or other accredited specialist musical establishment that offers ‘classical’ training, rather than musical theatre or performing arts.

The deadline for applications is 4 May 2012, after which a panel will review all applications and draw up a shortlist prior to a selection interview.

Casey-Joe Rumens was the recipient of the inaugural Keith Dawber Memorial Bursary last year. He is currently in his third year of a four year degree in Performance and Voice at Trinity College of Music in London.

Left to right - Andreas Tautscher, Deutsche Bank Channel Islands; Glenda Dawber, Trustee of the Guernsey Choral Workshop; and Casey Joe Rumens, recipient of the inaugural Keith Dawber Memorial Bursary (click image to expand - image courtesy of Deutsche Bank)

The Bursary was established last year in memory of Keith Dawber, who died shortly before he was due to retire in 2010.

Keith joined the Guernsey Schools’ Music Service after arriving in Guernsey in 1979, soon becoming Head of Strings and working with thousands of young musicians over a period of thirty years. Keith worked tirelessly on behalf of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra to give pupils an opportunity to perform alongside adults and visiting professional players.

Glenda Dawber, Keith’s widow and trustee of the Guernsey Choral Workshop, said “helping young musicians achieve their full potential was something that Keith dedicated his professional career to and he would be proud that a bursary established in his name is now supporting local students with their classical music development. Attending a dedicated establishment in a specialist area like this can be extremely demanding, so to be able to continue to offer this bursary is fantastic news for Guernsey’s young musicians.”

As well as sponsoring the Bursary, Deutsche Bank has a long standing association with the Guernsey Choral Workshop, of which Keith was a founding member.

Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank Channel Islands, said “the response we had to the Bursary last year was extremely encouraging so it is pleasing to be able to offer the scheme again, both to maintain our support of fostering musical excellence in the Island and to recognise the significant contribution Keith made to Guernsey’s musical community.”

Further information about the Bursary and application forms can be downloaded from Deutsche Bank’s website or by emailing the Guernsey Schools’ Music Service at musicservice @


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