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NEW! – Ex Cathedra Scholars, 2017-18

We’re delighted to launch a unique choral Scholarships scheme for the UK’s finest young singers. With the first singers starting in autumn 2017, 4 Scholars and 4 Student Scholars will be selected through a competitive audition process.

The 8 successful musicians 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.

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 £3,250 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 Birmingham Conservatoire for the 2017-18 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 12 June 2017.

Auditions will be held in Birmingham on 21-23 June 2017, please save the dates if you are applying.

We would like to thank The Foyle Foundation, Birmingham Conservatoire, The Fenton Arts Trust, the Mercer’s Company, the Benarr 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.

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