Martyn Bennett Scholarship

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Martyn Bennett Memorial Scholarship

According to Professor Phil Cunningham, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Artistic Director of Traditional Music.....

Martyn Bennett was one of the most talented and respected musicians Scotland has ever produced…

Martyn Bennett

Martyn Bennett (1971—2005) studied classical violin, viola, piano and composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (former RSAMD), graduating in Performance in 1993. Having previously won several junior bagpipe championships, his many awards included the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) Prize for Composition (1989), the Hilda Bailey Prize for excellence in violin (1992), and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) Honorary Doctor of Music (2005, posthumous). In 1998 readers of ‘Scotland on Sunday’ voted him winner of Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music.

During his career, Martyn’s prodigiously talented performances and compositions ranged from the formality of the classical orchestra, solo violinist in Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’ and solo instrumentalist and composer across the worlds of classical music, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop and world music.  Bennett made his mark in each of these spheres and his influence continues to be felt throughout the musical world.

His music features in ‘Off Kilter’ (currently at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal & tour of. 2010), in television ads such as the exciting Strathmore Water routine, the internationally renowned National Theatre of Scotland’s production ‘Black Watch’, and in many more critically acclaimed productions.  

As one of Martyn’s aims was to encourage young musicians, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland presents an annual Martyn Bennett Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a student who shows both talent and creativity with a sense of adventure. The recipient will receive £200 along with performance opportunities that connect with Martyn’s world of music, including rehearsal and recording space to advance a music project that could benefit from 3 or 4 days ‘away from it all’. (Accommodation included).

The recipient will be nominated from Years 1 to 3 of the Scottish Music degree, or, exceptionally, from another Royal Conservatoire of Scotland course, to a student who fits the criteria described.  It is hoped that recipients will also give a performance recital in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to help raise funds for the scholarship.  Individuals can also support this scholarship by making a donation (payable to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust) or by contributing £4 for the purchase of the CD, Love and Loss which features Cameron Drummond, recipient of the first award.

CD available at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland reception desk.

Love and Loss CD - Margaret Bennett

Information about the scholarship Contact:  Mr  A. Smith, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Finance Office

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB. Telephone: +44 (0) 141 332 4101 Fax: + 44 (0) 141 332 8901

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