The Agar Trust
Supporting young musicians in rural Scotland.
The Agar Trust supports young people (8-21) resident in rural Scotland who demonstrate exceptional musical ability and potential and wish to further their musical education beyond their local area.

While 90% of Scotland’s land mass is rural, a fifth of Scotland’s population lives there. There has, not surprisingly, been a concentration of services in the urban areas, but this brings challenges for young rurally-based people who wish to further their education or develop a career in music. Our award winners have to travel considerable distances to play with national orchestras, bands or choirs; or attend short courses, private tuition or auditions.

Your help … has enabled me attend the following: NYOS courses; National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland course; RCS summer course for brass players; work experience with the RSNO.   I auditioned at the RCS and was delighted to be offered an unconditional place for the next academic year.   I am certain that without your support I would not have been able to achieve this. Antony, Fort William

To see the award winners for the last year, and a map of where they live, click here.

Dr Janet Macdonald reports on the potential of online music tuition for young musicians in rural Scotland.  Download the report 'Online music tuition in rural Scotland' (Feb 2017).