London Oriana Choir launch new scholarship programme for young singers

The scheme is open to anyone aged 18 – 25 who enjoys singing, whether they’re studying music, launching a music career or simply wanting to improve their performance abilities.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 21 Oct 2021
  • min read

London Oriana Choir has announced the launch of a new Choral Scholarship Programme, offering a select number of funded places to singers aged 18 – 25 for its 2021/22 season.

This is an opportunity to join one of Britain’s leading choral groups and one of the most versatile in London.

The choir has big plans for its 2021/2022 season which they are keen for the selected scholarship singers to be a part of. This includes taking part in the final year of five15, the choir’s groundbreaking initiative that champions women composers and will involve three new commissions with composer Hannah Kendall.

Successful candidates will also be able to join the choir from early November in time to take part in its two Christmas concerts at St. Clement Danes in the Strand and St. James Piccadilly as well as other seasonal events.

Other benefits include a number of singing lessons from the choir’s professional singing teacher Aimee Presswood and individual coaching sessions from Dominic Ellis-Peckham, the choir’s musical director.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 31 October, 2021.

Dominic Ellis-Peckham said: ‘We are very keen to expand the singing and performance opportunities available to young singers, wherever they are in their musical journey. The choir promotes five of our own concerts during the year and is frequently invited to perform in other events. We foster a friendly and supportive environment in the pursuit of musical excellence and have a keen shared purpose in developing our individual vocal skills, pushing ourselves with new and varied repertoire.'

The choir’s repertoire is broad-ranging, from early music through the great choral works to contemporary commissions, often accompanied by professional orchestras. It has also worked with some of the world’s biggest names in the industry including Madonna, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Pete Towshend of The Who. The choir performed in the world premiere of his Classic Quadrophenia with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Alfie Boe at the Royal Albert Hall to critical acclaim, as well as recording the piece for release on Deutsche Grammophon.