The St Mary Magdalene Choral Foundation began in September 2017, with the second round of applications now open. For information on applying and the role that Choral Scholars have at St Mary Magdalene, please click here.
Soprano Choral Scholar – Corinne Hart
Counter-Tenor Choral Scholar – Joshua Elmore
Joshua Elmore, countertenor, is a native of Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. He studied at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) where he received a bachelor’s degree in music education and at the University of Leeds where he received a master’s degree in vocal performance. At Leeds University, he took singing lessons from professional countertenor James Laing.
Elmore’s choral engagements have allowed him to hold several choral scholarships and to be a part of university top choirs such as the USM Southern Chorale and the Leeds Minister choir. He has performed in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and the UK where he presented several recitals, premiered pieces, and has been the soloist in numerous works.
Elmore’s passion lies with opera and will continue to explore operatic career opportunities. A few of his opera involvements include Betto in Gianni Schicchi (Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company), Chorus of I Pagliacci (Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company; Mobile Opera), Chorus of L’Elisir d’Amore (Leeds University Union Opera Society), Ruth/Zorah in Ruddigore (Leeds University Union Opera Society), and was a soloist in an opera gala performance at the University of Leeds.
In his spare time, Elmore enjoys going to the gym, eating, and laughing over a pint (not simultaneously or in that particular order).
Tenor Choral Scholar – Robert Richmond
Robert began his musical career at an early age, appearing as Ko-Ko’s assistant in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “the Mikado” at the age of six. He soon began a rather scattered musical career as a violinist, pianist, and organist, with a hefty dose of the theatre to round out his creative portfolio.
Robert’s choral career began in earnest while in education at the Manchester Grammar School, whose choir gave him a grounding in varied choral repertoire. During this time he was also an organist at St Paul’s Church, Scouthead, and Holy Trinity Church, Dobcross.
Dividing his time at Durham University between singing with the University College (Castle) Chapel Choir, an Archaeology degree followed by a Masters in Human Palaeoecology, and directing and starring in shows with the Durham University Light Opera Group, Robert was eventually forced to graduate in 2010.
Since then, in London, Robert has been the principal tenor with Grosvenor Light Opera Group with roles including Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore (both by Gilbert and Sullivan), and Box in Cox and Box (Sullivan and F.C. Burnand). Still a keen thespian, Robert’s other recent credits include Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Billy Bigelow in Carousel, both at the Rhoda McGaw theatre, Woking.
Having moved to Richmond in 2012 Robert was welcomed warmly by the choir at St Mary’s, and so is delighted to be taking up the post of choral scholar.