The Choral Scholars help to enhance and support the choir of St. Mary Magdalene. Four Choral Scholars are appointed each year, with one scholar per part (SATB). As well as having the opportunity to expand their knowledge of repertoire and technique, the scholars will be able to improve their abilities through a vast array of music making. The scholarship can serve as a solid foundation for those looking to seek choral scholarships at a university or college, and/or can help to consolidate and expand skills of those who may be studying at university or conservatoire.
Under the direction of the Director of Music Alexander Knight, Assistant Organist Karl Dorman and the Organ Scholars, each Choral Scholar is expected to be present at all rehearsals and services during term time, as well as major Feast Days (Advent, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension Day, etc.) and concerts which may fall outside of term. Although not expected for Midnight Mass/Christmas Day, scholars will be expected to attend all other Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter services. 6 weeks’ holiday is permitted during the term of the scholarship by agreement with the DoM. The Choral Scholars may also have many opportunities for solo performances through the year by mutual agreement with the Director of Music. There will be a recital series as well as choral concerts. Scholars are encouraged to perform as a quartet or as soloists. It is hoped the Choral Scholars will have a thorough involvement in the music making and life of the church.
The honorarium for each Choral Scholar position is worth £1,500 per annum, paid in 3 instalments. Weddings and funerals occur through the year and the scholars are often required for these. Fees are agreed depending on music required.