Ernest Empson Scholarship

2017 Scholarship Applications

Applications are invited for the above award from students between the ages of 15 and 23 years on 31st May in the year in which they are applying, showing musical promise and who intend to use the award in the furtherance of their musical studies.

Applicants must have been resident in Christchurch for at least the past three academic years, but are still eligible to apply if they have left to continue their studies abroad since the end of last year.

This scholarship was endowed by a bequest from the late Mr Ernest Empson, and is open to applicants in all spheres of musical study.

Closing date for applications –  31st May 2017

Conditions for the Ernest Empson Scholarship are available from the Christchurch Civic Music Council Office.

Please post applications: to The Secretary, Christchurch Civic Music Council, P O Box 7633, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240 or email to:

Please download the application form here – ErnestEmpsonApplicationForm1




Previous winners – Ernest Empson Scholarship

Ernest Empson Scholarship Winner for 2016

Joe Gorman

We would like to congratulate Joe Gorman who has been awarded the Ernest Empson Scholarship for 2016.  Since 2015 Joe has been attending  the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington studying harpsichord and historical piano under Douglas Mews.  We wish him well for the remainder of his studies.


Ernest Empson Scholarship winner for 2015

Stephen Watson (Piano)

Stephen has had several offers to attend overseas universities in 2016 and he is currently deciding on his best option.  We wish him well with his choice and his continued successful musical career.


Ernest Empson Scholarship winner for 2014

Samuel Jones (Saxophone)

Samuel is currently in his 3rd year at the University of Canterbury pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Classical Saxophone performance.  He plans to travel and study in Europe in 2015.  We wish him all the best for his travel and studies next year!


Ernest Empson Scholarship Winner for 2013

Todd Gibson-Cornish

In September Todd will be studying at the Royal College of Music, London.  He will be entering into a second year Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree.  We wish him all the best with his studies and his musical career!


2012 Ernest Empson Scholarship

There were no recipients of the Ernest Empson Scholarship for 2012.


2011 Winner of the Ernest Empson Scholarship

Congratulations to Bryony Gibson-Cornish, the recipient of the 2011 Ernest Empson Scholarship.

Four other applicants, Bradley Wood, Arion Pons, Reuben Chin and Samuel Jones all applied.  They are to be commended for the high quality of their applications and their work to date.

2008 was Anna Maksymova (Piano)

2007 was David Muller Cajar (French Horn)