Ex Cathedra Scholars & Student Scholars
Supporting talented young singers is very important to Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey, and we are delighted to offer a programme of choral Scholarships and Student Scholarships.
The successful singers will rehearse and perform with us throughout a complete season, earning a guaranteed minimum income, gaining on-the-job experience alongside our professional singers, and giving high-quality performances of repertoire, which in 2018-19 ranges from Tallis Spem in alium, Purcell and lots of 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 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.
Each year, Scholarships will be awarded to c.4 of the UK’s most promising 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 in 2018-19. We will also reimburse certain expenses.
Additionally, Student Scholarships will be awarded to c.4 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.
How to apply
Applications for 2018-19 are now closed and the places awarded. We will be inviting applications for 2019-20 next spring – keep an eye on this page for details.
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. Our thanks also to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire who support 4 of the Student Scholars each year.
If you, your company or your trust would like to support a Scholar in future, please contact Sarah Abbiss, Fundraising Manager.