Judith McEwan Choral Scholarship

Judith McEwan sang with St Cecilia Chorus for 30 years and was our Secretary until February 2018. She instigated the idea of a Choral Scholarship programme and was passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds to sing. 


We are delighted to welcome Emily Christian as Choral Scholar in 2020/21. Emily began her choral career as a chorister at Rochester Cathedral, and was a student at The Rochester Grammar School, where she sang in the chamber choir, NCHANT (runners-up in BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year 2014). During this time, she also attended Junior Trinity on a Saturday, studying voice, flute and piano, and performing in multiple ensembles such as a vocal ensemble, flute choir and wind orchestra.

She went on to gain a scholarship to The Purcell School for Sixth Form, again studying voice, flute and piano. Here she engaged in various school activities including the Impulse musical outreach programme, and played Belinda in a production of Dido and Aeneas.

Emily has also been a member of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for many years, singing in various exciting concerts, including the BBC Proms. During her gap year she sang in the chamber choir of The London Youth Choirs, and was a soloist on Gareth Malone’s CD, A Great British Christmas.

Following her gap year in which she worked as Medway Music Scholar, Emily studied a Bachelor’s of Music at Royal Holloway University of London. During her studies, she held a choral scholarship with the university chapel choir, singing services and concerts around the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany Italy, Canada and USA. The choir has recorded multiple discs, most recently a debut recording of Pierre Villette’s Messe Da Pacem which was recorded in Notre-Dame d’Auteuil, Paris, during the June heatwave in 2019. In August 2019, Emily sang with the choir for Ellie Goulding’s wedding in York Minster. During 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.


Applications for 2021/22 Choral Scholarships open in June 2021. If you are interested in becoming a Choral Scholar with St Cecilia Chorus please contact chair@stceciliachorus.org.uk.


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