Fellowship in Historical Keyboards
All fellows are expected to develop musical and communication skills by undertaking further intensive study, working with students internally and doing all they can to raise the profile of the RCM externally. They play a full and active part in the musical life of the RCM as well as functioning as RCM ambassadors. They have full use of the RCM Library with its wealth of material and work in close contact with the Creative Careers Centre, the RCM’s centre for professional skills and publicity services.
Applications for 2023-24 are now open. The application deadline is 3 February 2023.
Current Fellow in Historical Keyboards
Born in Poland, Dominika Maszczyńska performs on a variety of keyboard instruments including fortepiano and harpsichord as well as modern piano. She graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music (2021) and The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
Dominika won the RCM Historical Performance Competition and the Century Fund Prize in 2021. She was a semi finalist of the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges in 2019 and Beethoven in his time competition in Siegburg in 2021. Dominika was awarded the Charles Colt Scholarship in 2019.
As both a soloist and continuo player, Dominika has performed with the London Baroque Orchestra, The Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra, The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2020, she made recordings for Erddig/National Trust on the original Broadwood square piano and Collard & Collard piano from 1876. An experienced performer, she has played numerous concerts in different countries across Europe, including performances on original instruments from the renowned Cobbe Collection, in the Horniman Museum and in the RCM Museum.
Besides early music repertoire, she is also interested in exploring contemporary music written for period instruments. In 2021, she performed the Jazz Harpsichord Concerto by the late Joseph Horovitz. In preparation for this concert in the Britten Theatre, London, she collaborated with the composer himself.
Dominika has been awarded the Fellowship in Historical Keyboards at the Royal College of Music for three consecutive years, 2020-2023.
In 2022, she performed at the International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music Misiones de Chiquitos in Bolivia with the RCM Baroque Orchestra and the Bolivian choir Arakaendar, led by Ashley Solomon.
Her recent performances include a European tour with the EEEmerging+ Academy Orchestra led by Ophélie Gaillard.
The Fellow in Historical Keyboards receives a tax-free bursary for which they carry out activities including musical work specifically designed to improve and widen their skill sets. Their commitments include being involved in RCM activities, including receiving guidance and informal tuition, and practice time on keyboard instruments provided by the RCM. Bursaries are intended to supplement, not replace, contributions from applicants' own resources.
At the beginning of the academic year written approval must be obtained from the Projects Manager for their individual plan of study and involvement at the RCM. Bursaries are paid only after this approval has been confirmed. Funds are then normally made available on a termly basis, subject to satisfactory progress.
Applicants from outside the UK should note that they are required to indicate on their application what evidence they can show to prove their right to be in the UK for the duration of the fellowship.
The Fellow in Historical Keyboards is responsible for arranging their own lessons and other tuition. Tuition may include lessons with RCM professors or those not directly associated with us. Fellows are also responsible for planning their own work routines and monitoring their effectiveness. Funds may also be used for tuition in related areas of study, such as coaching on other areas of repertoire, language study, related instruments and costs associated with starting out in the profession.
The Fellow in Historical Keyboards is required to accompany one-to-one lessons, faculty classes, examinations and others as agreed with their relevant Head of Faculty. Accompaniment is likely to be in the region of 540 hours over the year, primarily during the RCM’s 30 teaching weeks.
The Fellow in Historical Keyboards will report to the Head of Keyboard and to the Projects Manager, but also to the Head of the Faculty to which they are assigned.
You will be required to:
- Lead, coach, direct, inform and work with RCM performers and composers
- Provide advice, contacts, and examples of career development which should help current students
- Accompany for the faculty to which you are assigned but also be able to accompany for all faculties as required
- Liaise with and give support to the Head of Keyboard, and the Head of the faculty to which assigned and the Pathway Leader for Postgraduate Accompaniment
- Act as duo partner for students in concerts, prize competitions, faculty and guest masterclasses and examinations.
- Be a member of the team of Accompaniment Fellows, giving support to others, attending regular Fellowship meetings and contributing to wider events
- Live in Greater London and be based at the RCM and normally be on site at least four days a week in term time
- Organise and/or become involved in projects and activities which enable you to work with current RCM students
- Participate in the organisation of and attend the annual Fellows’ evening
- Attend special events as RCM representatives, contributing to these as requested
Applicants should already have successfully completed formal studies at a level equivalent to a postgraduate diploma or degree or be completing these studies in the academic year in which the application is made. Applications will be considered from those with equivalent experience.
It is preferred that your existing formal studies have included specialism in harpsichord and/or continuo.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate:
- Wide experience of harpsichord and/or continuo accompaniment work
- Excellent proficiency in sight-reading
- Considerable collaborative skills
If you are not a UK resident, you must obtain permission to be in the UK from the UK Border Agency in order to hold a fellowship. Accompaniment Fellows are not eligible to hold or extend student visas. An option currently available for fellows who are not UK nationals is the Youth Mobility Scheme.
These conditions are set by the UK Government and can change. Please ensure you visit their website for the most up-to-date information.
How to apply
Applications for 2023-24 are now open for the Fellowship in Historical Keyboards. The application deadline is 3 February 2023.
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio supported by a letter of application, which should indicate your suitability for the fellowship and your readiness to present yourself as an emerging professional.
Your application should contain:
- Letter of application addressed to the Director, including confirmation of permission to be in the UK and stating clearly that you wish to apply for a Fellowship in Historical Keyboards
- Curriculum vitae and biography of c200 words
- Proposal for a programme of personal study
- A budget outline
- A publicity photograph
Submitting your portfolio
You should submit your portfolio online through the RCM submission portal. The information you upload to the portal does not constitute your entire application, but does form an integral part of it. You should ensure you have provided everything that is required. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
When using the submission portal you will be asked to create a user name and password, and to provide an email address. You should select 'junior fellow' from the list of programmes and the appropriate principal study instrument. There are no restrictions to the file size or type.
If you experience any problems uploading your portfolio please contact Lizzie Sambrook.
Assistant to the Artistic Director, Director of Programmes & Events Coordinator
020 7591 4370
If you are selected for the second stage, you should be prepared to discuss your application in further detail at interview. You are advised to keep a copy of whatever you submit.
Shortlisting and interviews
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a sight-reading audition and an interview with the Director and the Head of Historical Performance. Interviews will be held in Spring 2023, but the dates are to be confirmed. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Should you be invited to interview, you will be required to bring original documentation (visa, passport or leave to remain in the UK) confirming that you have permission to be in the UK.
In your interview you will be required to:
- Meet and talk with a panel
- Discuss the contents of your portfolio and your achievements to date
- Expand on any of the information in your portfolio in light of developments since applying
- Discuss experience and career plans and suggest ways in which you would like to contribute to the work of the RCM
- You will be asked to sight read two pieces, lasting in total no more than fifteen minutes’ playing time. In one of the pieces you will be accompanying a soloist. You will be given a copy of the music and will have access to a practice room to rehearse this for 20 minutes before the audition. You will then perform the piece with a soloist who will be provided by the College, and who will be familiar with the work. The second piece will be completely unseen and will be given to you during the audition
Results will be conveyed as soon as possible after the interviews have taken place.
Auditions and interviews will be held at the Royal College of Music in London.
Conditions for successful applicants
As a Fellow you will be expected to:
- Include reference to the award in your CV and in any biographical notes accompanying appearances
- Produce a short written report on activities undertaken to date by the end of each term
- Keep trustees and sponsors informed on a regular basis of opportunities to attend performances or events in which you are involved
- As for all those associated with the College, to adhere to and uphold the College’s values and policies as detailed on our strategies and values pages
The RCM’s internal awards and competition funds are not available to Historical Keyboard Fellows. It is possible to take part in competitions as an accompanist or an ensemble member, but fellows may not receive any prize money, which is only awarded to registered students. This restriction includes concerto competitions as soloist. RCM awards and Access Funds are similarly unavailable.
Fellows are encouraged to support other students, particularly as accompanists, but may not perform as soloists in any of the regular chamber concerts. As part of the terms of the Fellowship, there are various special events, within the RCM and outside, in which Fellows are expected to take part, without additional payment.