The Stephen "Chopper" Donnelly Memorial Scholarships
Steve “Chopper” Donnelly passed away unexpectedly in December, 2019. He was a kind, sensitive artist, bright, funny and greatly loved by his family, children, friends and fellow musicians. He was a talented and passionate guitar demon (bass, acoustic, electric, slide) who also played the mandolin, dobro, banjo and the ukulele. In addition to performing and playing, Chopper frequently composed his own music, creating a magical synthesis of warm, melodic reverie.
The Stephen Donnelly Memorial Scholarships are offered in loving memory of Steve and will support students at the Chiswick Saturday Music Centre, in Chiswick, UK, where Steve spent many years. The “Chopper” Donnelly Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is in financial need and who specializes in guitar, and the second scholarship, the Stephen Donnelly Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student in financial need, learning an instrument of his/her choice. Both scholarships are worth up to £1,500 of music lessons at Chiswick Saturday Music Centre
Maybe you knew him as Chopper, or maybe you knew him as Steve, but either way, in him, you had a faithful friend for life. If you didn’t have the privilege of knowing Mr. Donnelly, please take the time to listen to his works, and be inspired by his phenomenal artistry.