Mills Williams Junior Fellowship
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.
The closing date for 2022-23 applications is Monday 31 January 2022.
Current Mills Williams Junior Fellow
Magdalenna Krstevska, Clarinet
A passionate and dynamic performer, Melbourne-born clarinetist Magdalenna Krstevska is steadily paving her way as one of Australia's leading young musicians. She has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral clarinetist in renowned music halls across Australia, the UK, Europe and China.
After graduating from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours in 2015, Magdalenna completed her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), under David Thomas. Her accolades include the Australian National Young Virtuoso of the Year, 3MBS Young Performer of the Year, the Australian Music Foundation’s Nora Goodridge Developing Artist award and second place/Audience Choice in the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition.
A highly experienced orchestral musician, Magdalenna has performed with orchestras all over Australia, including the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Melbourne Chamber, Opera Australia and Australian World orchestras, among others. In 2018, she was selected into the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's prestigious Fellowship program, during which she performed in over twenty-five mainstage programs and a European tour, playing in such halls as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie and Vienna Konzerthaus.
As a strong advocate of diversity in classical music, Magdalenna is founder of the Corelia Project, an initiative that aims to diversify core clarinet repertoire through the promotion and performance of repertoire composed by women. She is also a founding member of the Delphine Trio with cellist Jobine Siekman and pianist Roelof Temmingh.
Magdalenna completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music, London in July 2021 and is thrilled to be the RCM 2021/22 Mills Williams Junior Fellow. Her teachers are Timothy Lines, Peter Sparks and Richard Hosford.
The funding for the junior fellowships includes £11,350 to be put towards the course fees, plus a bursary of £8,000. These figures should be taken into account when planning your budget.
The programme of study for junior fellows is determined by the structure of the Artist Diploma in Performance and Artist Diploma in Composition courses, which are 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
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.
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 2022-23 applications is Monday 31 January 2022.
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 £8,000
- A recording of a recent performance
- A publicity photograph
Applicants interested in this junior fellowship must complete a two-part application process, which consists of:
- An application via UCAS Conservatoires for the Artist Diploma in Performance programme.
- 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
The closing date for applications for the 2021/22 academic year is Monday 8 March 2021.
Assistant to the Artistic Director, Director of Programmes & Events Coordinator
020 7591 4370
Shortlisting and interviews
Interviews for the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship will be held on Tuesday 8 March 2022.
Please note that interviews will be held at the office of the Mills Williams Trustees.
Bishop and Sewell
59-60 Russell Square,
London WC1B 4HP
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.
Conditions for successful applicants
As a Junior 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
- As for all those associated with the College, to adhere to and uphold the College’s values and policies as detailed on our strategies and values pages