Sherborne Abbey Festival is a self-funding charity; an event that is volunteer organised and run and one which gives back to the community and its audiences. With more than 70% of all concerts FREE entry this means everyone, irrespective of means, can experience both world-class performances and local musical talent.

Proceeds from ticket sales are reinvested, to ensure free access for future festivals and to support local music initiatives (especially those involving young people).



Since its inception, the Festival has raised more than £250,000 for charitable causes, scholarships and support of the music and fabric of Sherborne Abbey, including since 2015:

  • £16k grant to provide cushioned seating throughout Sherborne Abbey pews (improving comfort for concert-goers to the Abbey throughout the year)
  • Provision of kneelers for Sherborne Abbey Choir
  • Support of Sherborne Literary Festival – £1000
  • Award of £1000 to Sherborne Young Musicians 2016 and 2018
  • Music award to English Tenor Keiran White – £1000
  • Music award to William Ellis – £1500 towards his music studies at Oxford University
  • Music award to Baritone Benjamin Hewet-Craw – £1000
  • Music award to Flautist Rosie Bowker – £1000 (for purchase of a new flute)
  • £5000 maintenance support of Sherborne Abbey organ in 2016
  • £600 award to Sherborne Abbey Choir to support singing lessons and tuition
  • Purchase of a camera for Cheap Street Church – to provide on screen view for events and concerts
  • Purchase of a new upright piano for Sherborne Abbey Choir vestry


We will consider applications for grants from Sherborne-based individuals or groups. Previous recipients may re-apply but there is no guarantee of a grant being awarded on a continuing annual basis.

Every application will be considered on its own merits but certain criteria apply:

  • The grant must be used to promote or support music within the parish of Sherborne
  • Or to further the career of young musicians who have lived or studied in Sherborne
  • The grant must not be used to fund a salary

To apply please contact us for further information

Pin It on Pinterest