About and History

The Worshipful Company of Musicians has an illustrious past. With roots in the Middle Ages, we have survived war, revolution and over 500 years of changing fashions. Today, we remain as committed as ever to preserving music excellence for many generations to come. We offer awards for postgraduate study in music and performance opportunities to promote our award-winners at the start of their professional careers.

Key events:
1500: Musicians’ Company formed and given the right to regulate musicians within the city
1604: Company’s first Royal Charter granted by King James I.  It then became the Worshipful Company of Musicians
1870: Musician and antiquarian William Chappell reinvigorated the organisation by placing musical philanthropy at its core
1950: King George VI issued a new charter of incorporation
2000: Worshipful Company of Musicians celebrated its 500th anniversary
2013: Company moved to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama