Chiswick Choir invites singers to apply for one of four choral scholarships. Successful candidates are expected to attend weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 8-10pm in term time, in addition to around three performances a year. The scholarships are open to singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education.
Our choral scholarships are ideal for aspiring professional singers wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading, or in preparation for university choral scholarships, and as a means of broadening repertoire knowledge. Scholarships are worth £750. There will be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities, and also a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s Musical Director. It is expected that choral scholars will take an active role with social media for the ensemble, and generally support the endeavours of Chiswick Choir.
Scholarships run for a year from the beginning of September, and applications are invited during the preceding Summer Term when the application form will be posted here. In the mean time if you wish to make further general enquiries about scholarships or the choir, please click here.
BETHAN THOMAS , Soprano
Soprano, Bethan Thomas graduated from the University of York in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Music, and immediately undertook a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance, from which she graduated in 2013 with Distinction.
ALICE GUNN , Mezzo-Soprano
Alice is a Mezzo-Soprano who recently moved to West London from Wales. Alice graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 where she studied with Pierre Maurice Barlier, and received the Sir Geraint Evans Award for outstanding vocal performance. Alice sang in every one of the University’s vocal ensembles, in venues across Wales, and was President of the Operatic Society. After graduating, Alice spent two years as a Lay Singer at Llandaff Cathedral, and as an Alto Scholar for the BBC National Chorus of Wales. In May 2015 Alice toured the UK with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, singing in the Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Subsequently, Alice also performed in numerous semi-chorus works, and as a soloist in the premiere of Mark Bowden’s ‘We Have Found a Better Land’, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Alice has performed with Cardiff University Operatic Society (The Magic Flute, Pride and Prejudice, The Mikado, and scenes from La Traviata), Opera’r Ddraig (Orpheus and The Underworld, and scenes from The Marriage of Figaro) and Dorset Opera (Turandot, and Suor Angelica). She has sung in workshops and masterclasses for Welsh National Opera’s Sophie Rashbrook and PJ Morgan, and has studied with Theresa Goble and Nicci Morgan. Recent performance venues include St David’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Well’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall, Hoddinott Hall and St Martin in the Fields.
Since moving to London Alice has been working in the charity sector and singing with the choir Epiphoni. Outside of choral music, Alice enjoys performing French Mélodie, Italian arias, and close harmony ensemble repertoire, as well as worship leading in her local church.
WAGNER MOREIRA, Tenor
Wagner Moreira is a member of the Royal Academy Opera where he studies with Richard Berkeley-Steele and Iain Ledingham. He obtained a BMus degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a MA degree with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music.
He received 1st Prize in the 10th Villa-Lobos National Contest, was a prize winner in the 1st Young Soloists of the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais Contest and in the 9th Bidu Sayão International Singing Contest. During his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music he was awarded 2nd Prize at the Schumann Lieder Competition.
He has performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Oebalus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus, Basílio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Fígaro, Secondo soldato in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Pluto in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers. Recent concerts and upcoming engagements include Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven`s Mass in C major and the Ninth Symphony, Haydn`s Nelson Mass, Handel`s Messiah and Bach’s St John’s Passion.
Wagner is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Santander Universities UK Scholarship, Fordyce Scholarship, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, Dartington Hall Trust and Josephine Baker Trust.
GEORGE WHITE, Baritone
Having been a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, George went on to study as a scholar at Wells Cathedral School and at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2013 with a 1st class BMus degree in viola performance. He now enjoys a varied and versatile career as a professional viola player, freelancing as a chamber musician and with orchestras in London and the south-west.
Not forgetting his roots, however, George has never stopped singing. At Wells he studied with Nigel Perrin and sang in the chapel and chamber choirs. Since then, George has sung in choirs and consorts at the Bath, Cheltenham and Frome festivals and at many major venues across the UK, including the Cadogan, Wigmore, Birmingham Symphony, and Royal Festival halls. He is a member of the Wellensian Consort, winners of the BBC Choir of the Year 2010 competition, with whom he has toured and made recordings, and he has more recently been a soloist in canonic choral works such as Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.
George is hoping to build further on his singing career, alongside his other endeavours, and is grateful to the Chiswick Choir for this opportunity.