Choral Scholarships

Choral Scholarships

 

Choral scholarships are generously funded by Banco Santander as a part of the Santander Universities Scheme. Each year Royal Holloway offers a number of Choral Scholarships on each voice part. Scholarships are normally held for three years and the maximum award is ÂŁ700 per annum.

A Choral Scholarship at Royal Holloway offers a unique choral experience and educational programme. Unlike other British collegiate choirs, Royal Holloway’s focus is very much on concert performance and vocal training in the context of an ensemble. Additional training is provided by our Vocal Consultant Mark Wilde and members of the King’s Singers - our Ensemble in Residence. One-per-part consort singing is a key part of the training and all Choral Scholars are assigned to groups to sing some morning services, perform in concerts and receive training from the King’s Singers.

Choral ScholarshipsSinging in our choir is a remarkable social and musical experience. The friends you will make and the memories you will form, with experiences such as foreign tours, singing for Her Majesty the Queen and recording and performing with
world-class musicians will last a lifetime. A focal point of the Choir’s week during term time is a half hour concert, performing a wide range of repertoire, including secular, to a good-sized, weekly audience. In addition to this, we
have a weekly service of Choral Evensong which is broadcast in HD video in collaboration with the Department of Media Arts. The Choir aims for the highest standards in every performance. The normal routine for Choral Scholars involves a Tuesday evening rehearsal, a short lunchtime concert together with an afternoon rehearsal on Wednesday, and a Choral Evensong on Thursday. The Sunday evening service is either sung by the Chapel Choir or the Founder’s Choir, a separate voluntary choir, and music for morning services (8.45-9am Monday to Thursday) is provided by smaller groups of Choral Scholars on rotation. Outside of your contractual commitments to the Chapel Choir, you will be free to pursue other professional work in London, subject to consultation with the Director of Choral Music. Choral Scholarships

We give around 50 concert performances each year with a very eclectic mix of music, and have worked with a variety of other musicians, from early music specialists to jazz trios. Recent festival engagements have included the Spitalfields Festival (with the Britten Sinfonia), the Three Choirs Festival (with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble), the Windsor and Swaledale festivals (with Acoustic Triangle), the Cheltenham Festival with Dame Felicity Lott and the City of London Sinfonia, and residenciesChoral Scholarships at the Presteigne Festival. Recent foreign tours have included the USA and all three Baltic states. The choir has an active recording programme with Hyperion Records, is a regular Broadcaster of BBC Radio 3’s Choral Evensong, and has performed live on BBC television.


Choral Scholars will also support the work of the College Chorus. Unless there are concerts or other special events, choral scholars are free to pursue other professional work in London during the weekend subject to consultation with the Director of Choral Music. Choral Scholars are expected to attend all choir practices and services. Many events such as recordings and concert tours will be scheduled outside of academic term time and it is expected that all scholars will be available, if required, for these events. Where possible, expenses for all of these events will be met. It is preferred, but not essential, for potential choral scholars to have had relevant experience in church singing. Good sight-reading skills are essential. Countertenors and contraltos are equally welcome.

Choral ScholarshipsPast singers of the College include the international soloists Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Bullock, Sarah Fox and many others with successful musical careers. A number now sing with ensembles including The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, The Tallis Scholars and Polyphony.

 

 

"the training I received as a Choral Scholar at Royal Holloway was invaluable, and has helped me enormously in my subsequent career."
Susan Bullock, Music alumna, internationally renowned Soprano
& Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway

Latest News

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 have now closed.

New CD release

Watch a video sample of the Choir's latest CD recording of English Romantic Madrigals here.

 

Upcoming Events

From the 19th to the 31st of July, the Chapel Choir will be touring France. Please see the diary page for more details and to discover more upcoming performances.