On the retirement of Professor Sir Eric Ash FRS, Imperial College Trust, who fund the scheme, decided to change the name of the scholarships to Ash Music Scholarships to mark Sir Eric’s profound interest in and support of music at Imperial College. Each year the top scholar is awarded the Coldstream Guards’ Scholarship.
Imperial College offers up to five music scholarships a year to students entering Imperial College in the first year of their first undergraduate course. The scholarships give students the opportunity to have instrumental or vocal lessons at the Royal College of Music (the College’s neighbour in South Kensington).
All the students playing in today’s concert take an active role in music at Imperial College, and have music awards from the College. Today’s concert is given in Sir Eric’s memory.