Sing for Pleasure announces 2021 Young Conducting Scholars12:17, 12th January 2021
Choral charity Sing for Pleasure (SfP) has announced the four scholarship recipients for its 2021 Young Conductors’ Programme.
The four scholars (pictured l-r above) are:
- Ailsa Campbell, a freelance musician and choral scholar who gained her music degree at Bristol University in 2018, before studying for a masters degree in solo voice ensemble singing from the University of York
- Enyi Okpara, also a freelancer who recently graduated from Bristol University and who is keen to develop his choral conducting skills, building on his existing training as an orchestral conductor
- Hannah Cox, a graduate in music from Durham University who is currently studying music therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and who is eager to build on her past choral conducting experience
- Sam Gilliatt, who graduated with a music degree from the University of York in 2018 and is currently bass scholar at the Manchester Oratory, also recently taking on leadership of a Hallé Workplace Choir
The scholars will benefit from fully funded training throughout 2021 as they work towards SfP’s Advanced Level accreditation. They will conduct complex a cappella and orchestral works and will be offered the opportunity to take the LRSM in Choral Directing from ABRSM.
Manvinder Rattan, chief executive and head of conductor training at SfP, commented: ‘The standard of scholarship applicants was exceptionally high this year. We’re delighted that this new cohort of scholars displays a strong degree of diversity, and we look forward to supporting Ailsa, Enyi, Hannah and Sam on their choral conducting journey. It’s a pleasure to play a part in helping them sustain the UK’s strong choral tradition in the future, despite the challenges of 2020.’
Launched in 2013, SfP’s Young Conductors’ Programme has trained 35 scholars so far. SfP’s future mission is to create a more diverse landscape in the classical music world through ring-fenced BAME scholarships and conductor training days for young BAME musicians.