Faithfull Bursary Scheme

What is the Faithfull Bursary scheme?

Salisbury Musical Society (SMS) wants to encourage younger singers to join the choir and have the opportunity to perform major choral works. We are therefore offering financial support for singers aged between 16 and 25 who join the choir. The Faithfull Bursary Scheme offers these singers:

  1. Free membership of SMS for a year.
  2. A payment of £150 per season (payable £50 per term), subject to attendance at rehearsals and the concert, according to the choir’s rules.
  3. Free music hire.
  4. The opportunity for an ongoing Bursary up until the end of the SMS Season in which they turn 25 years of age.

The Faithfull Bursary has kindly been donated by Ann Harries, a former choir member and chairman of the choir, in memory of her mother whose maiden name was Faithfull.

Voice test

If you apply for an award, we will ask you to come for a short voice test. There is no set piece; bring along a favourite song or aria (with two copies of the music please, one for you and one for the accompanist). There will also be simple sight reading and aural tests. We will have an accompanist, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.


Rehearsals are normally held at South Wilts Girls Grammar School in Stratford Road, Salisbury on Tuesday evenings between 19.30 and 21.30 during school term-time. Singers must attend a mandatory number of rehearsals (usually about 80%) in order to take part in a performance. There is also a Friday evening (19.30 to 21.30) and Saturday afternoon (13.45 to 16.00) rehearsal before each concert, usually in Salisbury Cathedral.


Concerts usually take place on Saturday evenings in November, March/April and June. The choir is accompanied in two concerts by the Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, one of Britain’s leading amateur orchestras, and by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in the third.

Apply for the bursary – download the Faithfull Bursary Scheme Application Form

If you would like to talk to us about the Faithfull Bursary Scheme, or to find out more about the choir, please contact our membership secretary, email