Applications for Choral Scholarships are currently being accepted
For further information please contact our Director of Music, John Horton, either by phone or by email.
There are currently five scholarships at St. George’s which are generously funded by the Pilling Trust. These include four Choral Scholarships and one Organ Scholarship. The Scholarships are intended to provide young people aged 16-25 years with the opportunity to gain experience of singing good quality church music and to improve their general musical skills.
What is involved?
All Scholars are expected to attend Choir Rehearsal, currently on Thursday from 7.30pm to 9pm and both Sunday services - currently 10.15am and 6.30pm during term-time.
Scholars will receive an honorarium for their services which is paid termly. The rates are as follows: Choral Scholars—£450 per year. Organ Scholar—£750 per year. Additional payments are available for attendance at Easter and Christmas and other services throughout the year including Weddings and a variety of Civic services and other opportunities.
Our Scholars have been able to gain experience as soloists, in conducting and even having their own compositions performed. The Scholarships would be of particular benefit to anyone applying for Oxbridge or Cathedral Choral and Organ Scholarships. Some of our recent Scholars have gone on to join distinguished choirs. Among them are Jake Barlow (Worcester College, Oxford, Schola Cantorum and various cathedrals including Truro and Norwich) and Karol Jaworski (Queen’s College, Cambridge), Jack Cooke (St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne).
However anyone who wishes to improve their singing and general musicianship will find these opportunities useful. If you would like to know more about these unique opportunities you should contact: Music Staff Alternatively you may wish to attend a service or Choir Rehearsal at St. George’s and speak to John afterwards. You will be made most welcome.
About our previous Choral Scholars and what they are doing now:
Elspeth Wallace - Soprano
I’m going to be completely honest with you, and tell you that I had one thing on my mind when I first became a choral scholar at St Georges - shoes! Originally, I saw this as an opportunity to earn money for singing in church, (something I would most likely have been doing anyway). However, looking back, I couldn’t care less about the prospect of buying more shoes, being a choral scholar at St Georges has been one of the best and most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.
When I first joined the choir, I had very little confidence in my voice; the prospect of singing solo terrified me. Now, however, after being immersed into a group of such friendly and encouraging people, I’ve gained so much more confidence, and I’m sure that the quality of my voice has benefitted too. As a choral scholar singing such a wide variety of music, you also learn/ develop skills in sight singing, a very, very handy talent to have, especially for music exams and auditions you might be doing in later life, along with many other useful skills.
I’ve literally just started a Geology with Planetary Science degree at the University of Manchester, and I know that without the oasis of calm and escape into such a fun environment, my work load would probably have driven me slightly insane last year. It was lovely to take a break from writing essays and join the choir and sing every week, it was always something I looked forward to. So, from what was primarily a source of income to fuel my passion for shoes, being a choral scholar developed into something that I had a passion for and has proved very hard to give up. I owe a lot to St George’s Choir, and am incredibly proud to have been a member.
Karol Jaworski - Bass
I’m currently about to begin my third year (of four) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, studying Chemical Engineering, where I am a choral scholar with the Chapel Choir. My entry into the choir was helped not least by my choral scholarship at St. George’s which introduced me to the staples of Anglican church music, the Evensong service, and life as a church chorister. I now enjoy singing at least three services a week during the university terms, as well as singing as part of a visiting choir at various cathedrals around England (most recently Exeter), and successful tours to Germany and Belgium, with a prospective tour to Hong Kong lined up in 2014. I’ve also been involved with my first ever professional choral recording with Queens’ College Chapel Choir, and we’re looking forward to releasing our new album in November this year featuring Advent music, as well as Chilcott’s settings of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons.
Aside from the Chapel Choir (and of course my degree!), I’m involved with a lot of music around the university. My first introductions to conducting still under the cautious eye of Philip Asher, and then John Horton, gave me the fundamentals in conducting technique and spurred me on to get involved with more of it around the university. I now regularly conduct two orchestras within Queens’ College, and since June 2012 have been appointed as a conductor of the University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra. I have also had the opportunity to work in musical theatre where I have been musical director of the comedy musical Jet Set Go! at the Amateur Dramatic Club in Cambridge, as well as musical director and producer of a highly successful production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis in a university arts festival. I am also now playing the organ regularly at Sunday morning services around Cambridge, and working towards a CertRCO diploma with Philip Asher to be taken in Summer 2013.