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APPLY NOW – Ex Cathedra Scholars & Student Scholars 2018-19

As we approach the end of the year for our inaugural Scholars and Student Scholars, we’re delighted to invite applications for our 2018-19 Scholarship and Student Scholarship schemes.

The successful singers will rehearse and perform with us throughout our 2018-19 season, gaining on-the-job experience alongside our professional singers, giving high-quality performances of repertoire from Tallis Spem in alium, Purcell and Bach to Alec Roth, James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Gabriel Jackson and Liz Johnson.

My time as a Scholar has helped me to understand the standard you have to attain and maintain, and given me confidence to approach and audition for other groups. I have made invaluable contacts, several of which have involved me in solo and ensemble work. 
I recommend this scheme highly … the welcoming nature and ‘family’ feel of the whole organisation is an added bonus.
(Sacha Fullerton, 2017-18 Scholar)

Jeffrey Skidmore founded Ex Cathedra in 1969, and his track record of identifying and supporting young singers is unrivalled. A long list of singers to have benefitted from working with Ex Cathedra at the beginning of their careers includes Carolyn Sampson, Nigel Short, Paul Agnew, Benjamin Hulett, Andrew Tortise, Samuel Boden, Marcus Farnsworth, Patrick Dunachie, and many more.

This process has now been formalised, and thanks to the support of our funders, we are seeking to support four more graduate singers as they embark on their career.  We are delighted that the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will continue to support up to four of its students through our parallel Student Scholarship scheme.

Scholarships will be awarded to 4 of the UK’s very best young singers, musicians who have recently completed their formal education and are at, or near, the beginning of their professional careers. This scheme is open to singers from across the country, and the successful candidates will receive financial support of £4,000 each. We will also reimburse certain expenses. Download our Scholars Information Sheet & Application Form here (DOC/PDF).

Student Scholarships
Additionally, 4 Student Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate or postgraduate students enrolled at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for the 2018-19 year and will include a grant of £1,500 each. We will also reimburse certain expenses. Download our Student Scholars Information Sheet & Application Form here (DOC/PDF).

How to apply
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! Application forms are included in the above links and must be returned with the supporting information by 9am on Monday 4 June 2018.

Auditions will be held in Birmingham on Thursday 21 (Student Scholars) & Friday 22 (Scholars) June 2018 at the Conservatoire, please save the dates if you are applying and we will endeavour to let you know whether or not you are invited to attend for an audition by Wednesday 13 June.

Our 2017-18 Scholars

Felicity Rogers, soprano. A graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, and formerly a founder girl chorister at Worcester Cathedral, Felicity is currently a choral scholar at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, and Librarian and Voice Coach to the choristers at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham.

Sacha Fullerton, mezzo-soprano. Currently based in Gloucestershire whilst she studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Lorna Anderson, Sacha is currently a Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral.

Sidharth Prabhu-Naik, tenor. A former Westminster Cathedral Choir chorister and Organ scholar of Christ’s college Cambridge 2013-17, Sidharth has sung with the Rodolfus Choir, the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, St Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico and is a member of the Genesis Sixteen scheme 2016-17.

Andrew Randall, bass. A graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, Andrew is a former Lay Clerk at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham, is currently a Lay Clerk at Worcester Cathedral, and was part of the Amici Cantantes (Corton Hyde Early Music prize, Leamington Music prize).

Student Scholarships in 2017-18 were awarded to Lily Allen-Dodd and Ali Donaghue, who will benefit from the scheme whilst continuing their studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Thank you

We would like to thank the Bernarr Rainbow Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Eranda Rothschild Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, The Fenton Arts Trust, Foyle Foundation, Idlewild Trust, and the Mercers’ Company for their generous support of this scheme, plus the donors who have donated to this scheme in memory of Alice Corser.

If you, your company or your trust would like to support a Scholar in future, please contact Sarah Abbiss, Fundraising Manager.

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