Rhinegold (L-R) Gina, Sarah, Tristan & Clover

Melissa Bradshaw

Sing for Pleasure reveals 2019/20 Young Conducting Scholars

2:39, 15th October 2019

Choral charity Sing for Pleasure has confirmed the four scholarship recipients on its Young Conductors Programme for 2019/20.

The four young musicians are:

  • Gina Baker – freelance musician and Birmingham Conservatoire BMus Voice graduate, has taken on several choirs over the past year including choirs for vulnerable people such as prisoners and those affected by homelessness, and health and wellbeing choirs for NHS staff groups and carers
  • Sarah Batten – specialist music teacher, holds a music degree from Christ Church, Oxford, and a PGCE in Secondary Music from the Institute of Education, University of London, now studying part-time for a Masters in Music Education
  • Tristan Weymes – former Organ Scholar with St Mary the Virgin in Merton and Bass Scholar with the London Youth Choir, has gained a wide range of singing and conducting experience in recent years and is now studying for a music degree at Trinity College, Oxford
  • Clover Willis – music graduate and former Choral Scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, now following a secondary music teaching career in London alongside outreach work in primary schools and prisons

The four scholars will begin their tuition at the charity’s training event taking place in Bolton on 2 and 3 November. They will work toward SfP’s Advanced Level accreditation, conducting complex a capella and orchestrally accompanied works, with an option to take the LRSM in Choral Directing.

Manvinder Rattan, Sing for Pleasure’s chief executive and head of conductor training, comments: ‘The calibre of scholarship applicants was very high again this year – unusually, female scholars are in the majority for 2019/20, with past years tending towards a 50/50 split – and we’re delighted to welcome Gina, Sarah, Tristan and Clover to the SfP “family.”’

For further information visit www.singforpleasure.org.uk.

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