The Wetherell Bursary

About the Bursary

Eric Wetherell was an Honorary Life Member of BGSOS after his many years contributing to the works and music of the Society. As musical director for the Society he not only led and conducted the members and professional orchestra in the main shows every year, but helped develop young singers in their craft.

The Wetherell Bursary was founded in 2017 with the purpose of helping members of BGSOS to enhance not only their own performance, whether singing or acting, but the performance of BGSOS as a whole.

The Bursary wishes to serve the promotion and study of Gilbert & Sullivan and their works, by aiding talented musicians and actors with the potential to take principal roles in BGSOS and further afield.


  1. The Wetherell Bursary is open to all current members of BGSOS. Current members are those who have paid membership subscription in full, or with arrangement from the Treasurer.
  2. The bursary will be given on a “first come, first served” basis and therefore applications later in the year may be less likely to be successful.
  3. There is a limit of one application per member per year, but there is no limit on the number of times in different years applicants can apply.
  4. Applicants will not be able to be successful in consecutive years.
  5. Successful applicants will be chosen by a jury comprising BGSOS’s current musical director, director, and a member of the Committee (as appropriate, but usually the Chair or Vice-Chair).
  6. The decision of the Jury is final and no appeal shall lie from such decision.
  7. Each winner of a bursary agrees to their name being published in the Society’s list of winners.
  8. The winner of a bursary is entitled to a number of lessons from a teacher of the Jury’s choosing to be taken within that financial year (1 September to 31 August). Exact number to be agreed at the discretion of the Jury.

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Please provide in no more than 250 words your reasons for applying for the bursary.