Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham
Choral Scholarships (SATB) are available at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas to students in full time tertiary education in Nottingham.
Choral Scholars are required to attend all rehearsals and Masses sung by the full Cathedral Choir during term time and in addition sing for up to two Sunday 6pm Masses per month. Attendance during Holy Week and Christmas is by arrangement.
The Cathedral is pleased to offer scholarships for up to £1,200 and will also give the opportunity for subsidised singing lessons with some of the city's top singing coaches. Scholars are also often called upon to sing for weddings and funerals, for which additional fees are payable.
In addition to performing music to enhance the liturgy, the Cathedral Choir maintains a lively concert schedule throughout the year. Recent highlights include the 40-part motet Spem in Alium (Tallis) as well as Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar) and to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Choral Scholarships, St John Passion (Bach).
The Cathedral Choir has recorded numerous CDs and has gained an excellent reputation both nationally and overseas as a result of its regular tours abroad. Recent concert tours have visited Hong Kong, Rome (including singing Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican), Tuscany, Munich and Ulster.
Singers wishing to be considered for a Scholarship are required to take an audition in which vocal, aural and sight-singing skills will be assessed.
If you would like further information, please visit the St Baranabas Cathedral website.
Applicants are invited to contact Alex Patterson, the Director of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Nottingham
The Church of St Mary the Virgin is delighted to offer up to ten Choral Scholarships per annum to students of the University of Nottingham.
Under the direction of John Keys the Choir of St Mary's is recognised as one for the region's finest and amongst the best of its type in the country. As well as performing music for liturgical use, the Choir has the resources to undertake large scale works which have included Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem and annual rendition of the Bach Passions. In recent years the Choir has had the honour of being invited to sing the weekly services at St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
In addition to its busy concert commitments, the Choir sings two evensongs and one morning service a week plus occasional further services. Scholars are expected to take a full part in the varied musical life of the church, and are supported and encouraged accordingly.
On top of a very generous bursary, exceeding those offered by many other universities and colleges, each Scholar also benefits from subsidised singing lessons, master-classes with renowned choral conductors, international tours and recordings. The Choir hopes to provide a fertile environment in which young singers can gain experience and confidence and grow into skilled performers. Since the establishment of the Scholarships in 2001 the Choir has welcomed over 50 talented young singers into its ranks, many of whom have gone onto careers in music.
Scholars are expected to have a strong voice, good musicianship and some sight reading ability. Appointment is by application and audition.
If you are interested in applying for a Choral Scholarship at St Mary's, please go to the St Mary's Choir website, where you will find an application form, a current music list, former scholar testimonials and frequently asked questions. Alternatively, please contact John Keys, the Director of Music, at email@example.com
St Peter's Church, Nottingham
There is a long-standing choral tradition at St Peter's, and the choir is renowned for the friendliness of its welcome.
There is a diversity of singers, and high standards in a wide variety of repertoire from plainsong to new commissions; there are also frequent visits to cathedrals across the UK and abroad.
Though most choristers are volunteers, St Peter's Choir also offers modest choral scholarships to those in full-time education. Students in university education are offered a scholarship of £250 p/a in return for their commitment to attending the weekly rehearsal on a Friday evening, as well as to one of the two Sunday services (either 10.45am or 6.30pm, as prescribed by the Director of Music). In addition to this 'core commitment', there are a number of mid-week services on various feast days through the year, regular trips to cathedrals both in the UK and abroad, as well as frequent concert performances. Choral scholars are heartily encouraged to take full advantage of all these opportunities.
Recent trips include those to the cathedrals in Southwark (2014), Ripon, Lincoln (2013), Canterbury, Durham (2012), Norwich, Notre Dame de Paris (2011), Winchester (2010) as well as regular visits to our own Diocesan cathedral in Southwell.
The Director of Music is Dr Peter Siepmann (himself a graduate of the University of Nottingham, and past conductor of both Viva Voce and the University Choir). For more information, come talk to him after a Sunday service, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information, including recordings, can be found on the St Peter's Choir website.
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