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BUDDING musicians across Hampshire are being invited to bid for scholarships worth up to £600 to help them develop their talents.

Applications for the 2012 round of Dayas Music Scholarships – funded by a generous bequest by former Hampshire teacher Gwendoline Hayton, nee Dayas – are now open.

Cllr Ken Thornber, leader of the council, said: ‘These music scholarships give the chance for people above school age to seek support for new musical interests, to have lessons to help them refresh “rusty” musical skills in singing or playing an instrument, or to further develop skills in areas such as composition, conducting and performance.’

The application process is all dealt with in writing so there is no need to audition.

Application forms and further details are available from Hampshire’s Music Service on (023) 8065 2037 or by e-mail to

The closing date is January 31, 2012.