Department of Music

Undergraduate prizes

You could be eligible for an undergraduate music prize. The prizes are awarded for outstanding work, including the best overall second year student with the highest marks, the highest performing undergraduate student, and the best third year project.

The David Osmond-Smith Prize

David Osmond-Smith

The "David Osmond-Smith Prize" is awarded by the Sussex Music Department to the graduating student who has written the most academically rigorous essay/dissertation over the course of his or her studies. The prize has been given to celebrate the life and teaching of David Osmond-Smith who taught at Sussex for 34 years from 1973 to 2007.

During this time, David inspired generations of students both in the Music Department and across other disciplines with his astounding and original intellect, the energy and intensity he brought to a seminar or tutorial, and the warmth and kindness he shared with students, colleagues and friends alike. The prize is £200 donated by a Sussex Music Alumni.

Previous recipients

2020 Mathilde Davidson (BA Music): 'Queer female sexuality and authenticity in French chart music through the lens of Susan Cusick’s ‘power/pleasure/intimacy’ triad: A case study on three songs by Angele'.

2019 James Longcake (BA Music): 'Now That's What I Call Playlists'

2018 Robert Gyorgyi (BA Music): 'Opus Ex Machina: The Concept, History, Creation, and Performance of Robot Opera'

2017 Natalie Whiteland (BA Music): 'David Bowie: The Construction, Death, and Resurrection of Musicians in Popular Music Culture’.

2016 Anton Pearson (BA Music): 'Musical Spatial Awareness: Understanding the relationship between the created space and the existing space at the music festival'

2015 David Gridley (BA Music):  Title to be confirmed 

2014 Oliver Lindman (BA Music) 'The Musical Evolution of the Princess in Disney’s Animated Features'

2013 Hannah Cooper (BA Music) - 'Is the ‘bad press’ associated with musical neoclassicism justified, or can it transcend these historical criticisms to become an authentic trend in modern music?'

2012 Calum Bowen (BA Music) - Sampling and Society

2011 Emma Howard (BA Music & French) - Music and Driving

2010 Tim Satterthwaite (MA Art History) - Desire & Denial

2008 Emily Richardson (BA Music) - “West Side Story, and the representation of the ethnic Other”

Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship

Sir Thomas BeechamThe Trustees of the Sir Thomas Beecham Trust have established, in perpetuity, a scholarship at the University for undergraduate Music students. The award of £1,000 is given as a 'Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship Award' to a first year student for skills as an outstanding instrumentalist, outstanding academic work and contribution to music in general.

Sir Thomas Beecham was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first international conductor.

Previous recipients

2018/19           Suheil (Sunny) Shehab     Flute

2017/18           No scholarship awarded

2016/17           James Longcake      Electric Guitar

2015/16           Charles Higgins      Jazz Piano

2014/15           Natalie Whiteland      Harp

2013/14           Anton Pearson     Guitar

2012/13           Dominic Horsley     Tuba

2011/12           Tom Reade        Piano

2010/11           Amy Squirrell    Cello

2009/10           Louis Scott-Delany        Piano

2008/09           Joe Garvey         Guitar

2007/08           Matt Sheeran    Violin

2006/07           No scholarship awarded

2005/06           Suzie Wilkins     Flute

2004/05           Ruth Collings     Violin

2003/04           Stefan Haffner   Piano 

2002/03           Ben Rosairo       Piano

2001/02           Emily Hall          Piano

2000/01           Frances Marriott    Violin

1999/00           Darran Laine      Voice

1998/99           Emma Booth     Cello

1997/98          Hannah Baxter Guitar