Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars 2017/18

3:28, 11th November 2017

Sing for Pleasure has announced the recipients of scholarship places on its Young Conductors’ Programme for the coming academic year.

Those who will benefit from a year’s fully funded tuition in choral conducting with the charity are: Ben Turner (currently studying for a BMus degree at King’s College, London), Hannah Mears-Young (studying for a music degree at the University of Glasgow, and choral scholar with the University Chapel Choir), Jasmine Batson (who is studying primary education with music at the University of Reading) and Olivia Shotton (who graduated with a degree in music from the University of Sheffield this year, and is currently working as a freelance musician).

During their 12-month placement, the scholars will work towards Sing for Pleasure’s Advanced Level accreditation, conducting complex a capella and orchestrally accompanied works, with an endorsement towards the ABRSM Diploma in Choral Conducting should they choose to pursue this option in the future.

Manvinder Rattan, Sing for Pleasure’s chief executive and head of conductor training, commented: ‘We’re delighted to be helping Ben, Hannah, Jasmine and Olivia kickstart their choral conducting careers through the high-quality learning experience that SfP delivers. We also find that our scholars also give so much back to the organisation; most retain close links with us and are like a breath of fresh air, offering new ideas for the charity’s future development with a level of enthusiasm that younger generations possess.’


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