ScholarshipsRoyal Holloway offers excellent opportunities for singers and organists. Unlike other British collegiate choir, the Choir of Royal Holloway places considerable emphasis on regular concert performance. Training specifically prepares singers for different performance situations with expert advice from specialists in the field including our ensemble in residence, the King's Singers.

A Cappella singing with single voice parts lies at the heart of this and provides music for many of the Chapel services.



The Choir's prgramme of events is always exciting and in the last few months has included live appearences on BBC television and radio and singing at a number of royal functions including at Buckingham Palace.

The choir's repertoire is always very eclectic ranging from authentic performance in meantone temperament with specialist early music groups to vibrant jazz-crossover projects with artists like Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock. The choir regularly works with contemporary composers with recent commissions from James MacMillan, Gabriel Jackson and Paul Mealor.

ScholarshipsThe choirs annual recordings for Hyperion Records have achieved outstanding reviews and the choir are invited to perform at prestigious music festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, the Windsor Festival and the Presteigne Festival. Choral and Organ Scholars get to travel widely (with recent concerts in Los Angeles, Beijing and across Europe) and work with different orchestras and ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, the City of London Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, Florilegium, the Tallin Chamber Orchestra and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

All choral and organ scholars are automatically enrolled on the Royal Holloway Passport scheme and earn the highest number of points for their extra-curricular work at the College. The passport scheme exists to help students develop the transferable skills employers are looking for and teach them how to sell themselves well in a competitive market.

It is not necessary for either Choral or Organ Scholars to read for degrees in Music. Applications will also be considered from postgraduate students.

Applications for all scholarships should be received early in the New Year with auditions held at the end of February or beginning of March each year.

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Latest News

*NEW CD* - Winter Songs

The choir’s latest release on the major label Decca is a beautiful album of compositions and arrangements for choir, piano and strings by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. This recording has gone straight to No. 1 in the iTunes classical charts in the USA and UK.

Upcoming Events

Hear the choir this festive season in a wide-range of performances around the UK and Europe. Please see the diary page for more details and to discover more.