Ex Cathedra Scholars & Student Scholars
Following a highly competitive – and enjoyable – audition process, we’re delighted to announce the successful candidates who will form the first year of our unique, new choral Scholarships scheme for the UK’s finest young singers.
The singers will rehearse and perform with us during our 2017-18 season, gaining on-the-job experience alongside our professional singers, giving high-quality performances of repertoire from Byrd, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Charpentier, Bach and Mozart to James MacMillan, David Matthews and Elis Pekhonen.
Since founding Ex Cathedra in 1969, Jeffrey Skidmore has acquired a reputation for identifying and nurturing outstanding young singers. 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.
Thanks to the support of our funders, this process will now be formalised and the young singers will be supported financially, to ensure the most talented singers have the best possible opportunity to develop a successful career.
The four successful Scholars for 2017-18 are:
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).
Two Student Scholarships have also been awarded to Lily Allen-Dodd and Ali Donaghue, who will benefit from the scheme whilst continuing their studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.
The application process for 2018-19 will be published in spring 2018.
We would like to thank The Foyle Foundation, Birmingham Conservatoire, The Fenton Arts Trust, The Mercers’ Company, the Bernarr Rainbow Trust, and the donors who have donated to this scheme in memory of Alice Corser. The scheme would not be possible without this support.
If you, your company or your trust would like to support a Scholar in future, please contact Sarah Abbiss, Fundraising Manager.