A warm welcome to our Young Conducting Scholars for 2018-19

We’re delighted to confirm details of our scholarship recipients for this year’s Young Conductors Programme – originally funding was secured for five places, but the excellent credentials of the final six made it impossible to choose between them, and an additional scholarship has been funded from reserves.

They are, clockwise from top left:

Jamie Powe, a recent music graduate from Somerville College, Oxford and Head Choral Scholar there for three years, who is keen to address the decline in school music teaching through an education-based career;

Yvette Murphy, who is on a gap year at present ahead of taking up an Organ Scholarship at Selwyn College Cambridge, where she will also study for a degree in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion;

Francis St John, an English graduate from Chichester University who has just begun work as a vocal leader for Hillingdon Music Service, having gained his MMus at UWL (University of West London) where he is also currently studying for his DMus;

Matthew McCullough, originally from Belfast, who is reading Music at Durham University and is currently Director of Chapel Music at Hatfield College, in addition to being Senior Choral Scholar at Durham Cathedral;

Amy Kearsley, who is studying for a BMus at the University of Surrey and is currently on a placement with ENO as an integral part of her degree course; and

Nicolas Walker, a 2017 graduate from Homerton College, Cambridge who now teaches Music at Leytonstone School (a mixed East London comprehensive) having enrolled on the Teach First Programme.

The scholars’ first group training session takes place at our Bolton training weekend on 3 and 4 November, and we’re sure that those of you attending courses during the weekend will give them a very warm welcome as they begin their SfP journey. Many congratulations to all six!