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Carne Trust Junior Fellowship

Ana Dunne-Sequi, Carne Trust Junior Fellow
The Carne Trust Junior Fellow receives an award that makes a substantial contribution to their course fees and living costs. Holders of this award are considered members of the team of junior fellows and will be expected to participate fully in RCM life.

The Carne Trust Junior Fellowship is only available to students on the Artist Diploma (ArtDip) in Performance programme and is held for one year.

All fellows are expected to develop musical and communication skills by undertaking further intensive study, working with students internally and doing all they can to raise the profile of the RCM externally. They play a full and active part in the musical life of the RCM as well as functioning as RCM ambassadors. They have full use of the RCM Library with its wealth of material and work in close contact with the Creative Careers Centre, the RCM’s centre for professional skills and publicity services.

Applications closed

Applications for 2021-22 have now closed.

Current Carne Trust Junior Fellow

Ana Dunne-Sequi, viola

Spanish violist Ana Dunne Sequi studies at the Royal College of Music with professor Nathan Braude as an ABRSM Scholar. In 2019 she finished her undergraduate studies at the RCM after studying with professor Yuri Zhislin and professor Nathan Braude. She has received several awards in solo and chamber music competitions, and has benefited from masterclasses with Maxim Rysanov, Tabea Zimmermann, Lars Anders Tomter, Garth Knox, Lawrence Power and Antonello Farulli. She is currently a guest player of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and performs regularly with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, working with renowned conductors the likes of Bernard Haitink, Sir Antonio Pappano or Thomas Hengelbrock. She was selected for the English National Opera Evolve Scheme 2018-2019, and more recently she has been selected for the BBC Symphony Orchestra Scheme 2020-2021. Ana has joined the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) as a member in 2021.

As a soloist, she has performed Mark Anthony Turnage’s 'On Opened Ground' Viola concerto alongside the RCM Symphony Orchestra. Ana is a keen chamber musician, she is a founder member of the award winning Artha String Quartet, having performed in venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, Chipping Campden and Musethica. At the RCM, she has performed Mendelssonh’s string octet alongside Maxim Vengerov.

In the field of Historical Performance, she is currently studying with professor Pablo de Pedro Cano and professor Jane Rogers, and has appeared in festivals such as Tilford Bach Festival and London Handel Festival, as well as part of the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble - one of the leading orchestras working in the field of historically informed performance on period instruments.

She has been a member of Talent Unlimited since 2019.

Funds

The funding for the junior fellowships includes a substantial sum to be put towards the course fees, usually the full Home/EU fees, plus a bursary in the region of £5,000. These figures should be taken into account when planning your budget.

Study

The programme of study for junior fellows is determined by the structure of the Artist Diploma in Performance course, which is based on one-to-one provision and practical project work, tailored to your particular career aspirations.

Junior fellowship funds may also be used for tuition in related areas of study, such as masterclasses, coaching, language study, related instruments and costs associated with starting out in the profession.

As a junior fellow working with other RCM students you will be required to:

  • Lead, coach, direct, inform and work with RCM performers and composers
  • Provide advice, contacts, and examples of career development which should help current students
  • Live in Greater London and be based at the RCM and normally be on site at least three days a week in term time
  • Organise and/or become involved in projects and activities which enable you to work with current RCM students
  • Attend special events as RCM representatives, contributing to these as requested

Eligibility

Applicants should already have successfully completed formal studies at a level equivalent to a postgraduate diploma or degree or be completing these studies in the academic year in which the application is made. Applications will be considered from those with equivalent experience.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate substantial successful experience in their specialism, the motivation and determination to continue intensive studies, and the desire to develop their skills by working regularly with other musicians within and outside the RCM.

If you are not a UK resident, you must obtain permission to be in the UK from the UK Border Agency in order to hold a fellowship. Students on the Artist Diploma programme at the Royal College of Music are eligible for Student Visas.

Find out more about visa applications

These conditions are set by the UK Government and can change. Please ensure you visit their website for the most up-to-date information.

How to apply

The closing date for applications for the 2021/22 academic year is Monday 8 March 2021.

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio supported by a letter of application, which should indicate your suitability for the fellowship and your readiness to present yourself as an emerging professional.

Your application should contain:

  • Letter of application addressed to the Director, stating clearly that you wish to apply for a Junior Fellowship. (NB students on the Artist Diploma programme at the Royal College of Music are eligible for Student Visas and so you do not need to include confirmation of permission to be in the UK).
  • Curriculum vitae and biography of c200 words
  • Proposal for a programme of personal study
  • A budget outline. For budgetary purposes, you should assume that the bursary for living costs is £5,000.
  • A recording of a recent performance
  • A publicity photograph

Find out more about portfolio contents

Applicants interested in this junior fellowship must complete a two-part application process, which consists of:

Plus:

  • An application portfolio (see below).

Applicants who have not applied for both components by the closing date will not be considered for this junior fellowship.

Full-time students going into their second year of study may also apply, and will need to specify in their application that they are applying for their second year of the programme.

Please note that the junior fellowships for students on the Artist Diploma in Performance and Artist Diploma in Composition programmes are not renewable, and may be held for one year only.

Submitting your portfolio

You should submit your portfolio online through the RCM submission portal. The information you upload to the portal does not constitute your entire application, but does form an integral part of it. You should ensure you have provided everything that is required. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

How to submit your portfolio

When using the submission portal you will be asked to create a user name and password, and to provide an email address. You should select 'junior fellow' from the list of programmes and the appropriate principal study instrument. There are no restrictions to the file size or type.

If you experience any problems uploading your portfolio please contact Lizzie Sambrook.

Lizzie Sambrook

Assistant to the Artistic Director, Director of Programmes & Events Coordinator

020 7591 4370

lizzie.sambrook@rcm.ac.uk

Shortlisting and interviews

Shortlisting for junior fellowships will take place once the RCM’s audition process is complete. Only students offered a place on the Artist Diploma in Performance will be considered.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be required to bring original documentation (visa, passport or leave to remain in the UK) confirming that you have permission to be in the UK.

In your interview you will be required to:

  • Meet and talk with a panel
  • Discuss the contents of your portfolio and your achievements to date
  • Expand on any of the information in your portfolio in light of developments since applying
  • Discuss experience and career plans and suggest ways in which you would like to contribute to the work of the RCM

Results will be conveyed as soon as possible after the interviews have taken place.

If you are expected to perform on the day of the interview, you will be notified in advance.

Interviews will be held at the Royal College of Music in London.

Getting to the Royal College of Music

Conditions for successful applicants

As Carne Trust Fellow you will be expected to:

  • Include reference to the award in your CV and in any biographical notes accompanying appearances
  • Produce a short written report on activities undertaken to date by the end of each term
  • Keep trustees and sponsors informed on a regular basis of opportunities to attend performances or events in which you are involved