Supporting Young Singers

The Celia Burgan Bursary

Yorkshire Bach Choir is delighted to be able to provide financial support to help promising members of the choir who, through their chosen course of study, are not eligible for University funded singing lessons. 

Bursary awards began in 2009 when YBC were able to use funds generously provided for that purpose by the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the R M Burton Charitable Trust. Since these funds were expended, from 2014, YBC has continued to award bursaries each year to students from the choir’s own funds.


In acknowledgement of the generous financial support given to YBC over a number of years by the late Mrs Celia M Burgan, the trustees decided to name the award the YBC Celia Burgan Bursary. YBC normally awards two bursaries each year, each to the value of £225.

Although it is our intention to continue to offer these bursaries in the future, Yorkshire Bach Choir would be grateful for any individual offers of sponsorship, which can be acknowledged or remain anonymous, to enable this tradition to be maintained.

A condition of the award is that beneficiaries provide a resumé of their experience as a result of being able to afford expert vocal tuition.

The late Mrs Celia M Burgan pictured here with the 2014 bursary winners Katarzyna Slawski (left), Saul Jones (center back), Maddy Power (right).

Fabienne Brooksbank


Katarzyna Slawski


Jonathan Hanley


Saul Jones


Sarah Holland


Maddy Power


Richard Bracknell


Sophie Collerton


Christopher Oates


Molly Garratt

2019 & 2020

Helen Tudor


Bethan Kelly


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