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About the Fund

Oxford Flute Summer School Bursary Fund

"The course has given me such a vast amount of information about my playing in a way that I have not experienced before. It was a very special experience and has guided me to the career path I now wish to choose"

The Fund

The Bursary fund was established in 1996 by Peter Broadbent OBE (a keen amateur flautist) to offer full or part-bursaries for players between the ages of 15 and 24 to attend the Oxford Flute Summer School, He recognised that many accomplished young flautists were prevented from attending the course because they could not afford the fees.

The inspiration and guidance gained in a week of intensive work with leading teachers and players enables Bursary recipients, considering a musical career, to prepare with confidence for the next stage in their development.

Between 1996 and 2021 over 75 young players have received help with the fees and many of them have gained places at music colleges and are now playing professionally.

"It was without doubt one of the most exciting, educational and important weeks of my life. Being able to spend a week surrounded by people with the same goals and passions as myself was an incredible experience."

Applications for financial help

Applicants should read the following notes carefully. Our financial help is given as a bursary which normally covers the full fees and accommodation costs for any of the course options; part bursaries are also sometimes awarded. In awarding bursaries the Trustees take into account not only developed and potential talent, but crucially, the inability to afford the fees. Checks are made to establish genuine financial need and bursaries are not awarded merely for technical and musical excellence.

"It has been a hugely valuable experience resulting in many changes to my playing and thinking.  Without support I would have been unable to attend."  

Applicants for bursaries must:

  • be between the ages of 15 and 24 on the first day of the Oxford Flute Summer School course

  • demonstrate that they cannot attend the course without a full or part bursary and give examples of how they have tried to raise sufficient funds from family and other sources

  • have significant potential to pursue a career in music

  • demonstrate they are able to benefit from all aspects of the course


"I want to express my warmest thanks for awarding me the bursary to attend this year’s Oxford Flute Summer School; it was much appreciated. The week was most enjoyable and satisfying in both a fun and friendly environment, as well as being a great learning experience, one that I will remember for many years to come."


The Bursary Fund is probably the only fund in the UK specifically dedicated to helping young flautists. Anyone interested in contributing to the fund either by making a donation or by running a concert or other event to raise money may contribute through CAFonline. All donations are acknowledged and much appreciated.

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