Our choral scholarship programme began in 2017 instigated by an idea by Judith McEwan who was our Secretary until February 2018. She sang with the choir for 30 years and was passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds to sing.
We were delighted to welcome Emily Christian as Choral Scholar in 2020/21. Throughout lockdown, Emily supported our zoom rehearsals by leading warm-ups and performing a solo at our concert in July 2021.
Emily studied music at Royal Holloway University of London, where she held a choral scholarship with the university chapel choir performing around the UK, in Europe and north America. In August 2019 Emily sang with the choir for Ellie Goulding's wedding at York Minster. During the lockdown she has made recordings for Royal Holloway chapel choir's charity single with Laura Wright, Can You Hear Me and the National Anthem for ITV's coverage of Royal Ascot.
We are now recuiting for our 2021/22 Choral Scholarship
Applications are open for Choral Scholars to sing with us between September 2021 and July 2022. These opportunities are ideal for anyone aged 17 and over aspiring to be a professional singer, or wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading in preparation for a choral or musical scholarship.
Choral Scholars will help to enhance and support the choir and in return will receive the following benefits:-
Excellent training to support their music studies and improve their abilities as a choral singer and/or soloist under the direction of our Music Director James Dixon, and our renowned accompanist Ian le Grice
Opportunities for solo performances at concerts and other events arranged by St Cecilia Chorus
Participation in a recruitment and selection process led by an experienced Recruitment Manager from a blue-chip organisation
Two complimentary adult tickets for each St Cecilia Chorus concert during their tenure
An honorarium of £200 per term (total £600 for the period) plus extra fees for any other relevant events e.g. weddings/funerals as available throughout this period
The Choral Scholars will be expected to:
Attend rehearsals regularly subject to agreement with the Music Director (Thursdays 1945-2145 at Christchurch Sutton, SM2 5TN)
Attend all concerts during the period of the agreement
Undertake independent work outside rehearsals if necessary to ensure the quality of performance is maintained
Provide an approved deputy if unable to sing at a concert
Attend a probation meeting after one month of their appointment with the Music Director and Chair of St Cecilia Chorus
Attend an appraisal meeting after each concert
It is also desirable that the Choral Scholars take part in some wider aspects of St Cecilia Chorus’ activities e.g. a workshop, promotional event etc
The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
Choral and/or solo singing ability
Secure sight-reading skills
Be a team player
A passion for high standards of music making and choral singing
Aged 17 on 1 September 2021
How to apply
We welcome applications from anyone who is interested in these opportunities for 2021/22. In particular we welcome tenor and bass applicants as we are currently under-represented in these parts. The selection process will include a covid-secure audition.