Scholarships

The West London Chorus offers four choral scholarships for aspiring professional singers who wish to develop their choral singing and sight-reading in preparation for university choral scholarships or as a means of broadening their repertoire knowledge. The scholarships are open to singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education.

Our scholarships are each worth £900 and successful candidates are expected to take part in about three concert performances a year and attend our weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings during term time, providing support and advice for other singers in their section.

There will also be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities and a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s Musical Director. It is expected that choral scholars will also take an active role with social media for the ensemble and generally support the endeavours of the Chorus.

For more information about our choral scholarships, use our Contact Us page or download an application form.

Chiswick Choir is registered with Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies).

Our current scholars

British soprano Hannah Crocker made her operatic debut in the roles of Chorus Leader and Showgirl in La belle Hélène (Offenbach), sung in English, with Blackheath Halls Opera in July
2019. More recently, she performed the title role in an excerpt from Handel’s Theodora in the Royal College of Music’s Opera Scenes. Hannah is currently in her second year of the Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, studying under Amanda Roocroft, where she is a Theo Max van der Beugel
Scholar. She was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and was delighted to have been awarded the Director’s Prize of Excellence in Voice. Other recent events include her debut performance at St. James’s Church Piccadilly, London, where she performed a programme of song repertoire alongside pianist and duo partner Claire Habbershaw.

Emily is new to the London singing scene, having started studying for an MA in Music Education at UCL this year. She splits her time between London and Cambridge, continuing her work for Cambridgeshire Music as an instrumental teacher in voice, woodwind and piano, and manages the Cambridge Music Centre. Emily previously held a choral scholarship at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, during her undergraduate studies and also sang with Emmanuel College Chapel Choir for two years. She particularly enjoys the challenges of contemporary new music and has sung on CD recordings, including Julian Anderson’s Bell Mass, and taken solo roles in student-written operas for the Cambridge University Opera Society.

Born and raised in the United States, Marissa entered the British choral scene just over two years ago when she moved to London for her studies but has sung in school and university choirs throughout her life. She is currently studying for an MMus in musicology at King’s College London, where she holds a choral scholarship in the renowned chapel choir, and has a particular interest in sacred choral music of the late Renaissance. She is also is a choral scholar at St Mary’s Church, Battersea and enjoys deputising for choirs regularly within the Greater London area. Marissa will leave London at the end of August 2022 to take up the alto choral scholarship at Worcester Cathedral.

Alex is a highly experienced solo and ensemble singer. He sang with the Chapel Choir of Emmanuel College Cambridge for three years and the St John’s Voices for five, taking part in their first commercial CD recording of choral music by William Mathias. Alex regularly deputises with choirs in Cambridge and further afield, and is a scholar with other London choirs. His special interest is Early Music and his oratorio work includes The Evangelist in Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie and tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Mass in C. Operatic roles include Don Curzio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Alex has a particular interest in Baroque opera, and is currently undertaking a research project researching, transcribing and editing music written for specific tenors of the Baroque Period.

Nick started violin lessons at the age of 4, was a member of Surrey Arts ensembles, both choral and orchestral, including the Surrey Youth Choir (2000-2006) under James Burton, Greg Beardsell and Rufus Frowde. In 2008, he took part in the world première of Bernard Cavanna’s Messe un jour ordinaire in Grenoble, France. From 2012 to 2018, Nick was Organist and Director of Music at St Nicholas, Alfold and St John the Baptist, Loxwood. He joins us directly from the New London Singers, one of London’s ‘most exciting vocal ensembles’.