Past Choral Scholars

Benjamin Jerrard was the first recipient of the Judith McEwan Choral Scholarship of St Cecilia Chorus in 2017/18.

He is a classical tenor whose passion for singing started at the age of 11 when he joined the Chapel Choir at The John Fisher School under the leadership of Alan Murdoch. Benjamin was awarded a choral scholarship at St Michael’s Church, Cornhill London.

Ben recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance specialising in vocal studies and performance. He continues his links with St Cecilia Chorus by singing in our concerts occasionally and has supported us in rehearsals during the Covid pandemic.

Soprano Francesca Pringle was our Choral Scholar in 2018/19. Francesca is studying with Nuccia Focile at the Royal Academy of Music. She has sung with many choirs in a wide variety of venues, including English Cathedrals and on tour to Norway, Paris and Barcelona. She has also received choral scholarships from St George’s Beckenham and St Matthew’s Westminster.

In her time with St Cecilia Chorus, Francesca supported the soprano section and also performed solos in the 2019 summer concert and in our concerts on tour in Tuscany in June 2019.

Vicki Hodges, soprano, was our choral scholar in 2019/20. She studied at Morley College Opera School, the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito di Parma, Italy and Newcastle University. As a choral singer, she has performed in the wings of the Royal Opera House for the Mariinsky Ballet, the Royal Albert Hall and as a soloist for The Armed Man (Jenkins) at the Sage Gateshead. Recent and upcoming operatic engagements include The Barber of Seville (Surrey Opera), The Merry Widow (Betchworth Opera), Carmen (as Mercedes for New London Opera Group) and in Don Giovanni at the Minack (Surrey Opera). Vicki also runs choirs for people affected by cancer in Chelsea and Sutton for Tenovus Cancer Care.
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