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Meet our Young Conducting Scholars for 2016-17

Following interviews with short-listed candidates at the start of October, we’re now delighted to announce the names of the four talented young people who have been awarded scholarships on our Young Conductors Programme for this academic year. 

They have shared some informal portraits with us by way of introduction, and they are:

bethanw-croppedBethan Williams
Bethan is a University of York Music graduate, now working in London as a professional soprano and conductor. She sings with various ensembles and also performs as soloist for choirs across the UK, whilst running her community choir in Kingston.



photo-js2-croppedJennifer Sterling
Jennifer was a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, attending the specialist music school in earlier years before gaining a music scholarship at George Watson’s College. She also obtained a degree in music at The University of York before returning to Edinburgh where she now works as a freelance musician, performing regularly and teaching a number of individuals, singing groups and choirs.


rolymander-croppedRoland Mander
Roland studied as a pianist at the University of Huddersfield, though he has also been singing in choirs for as long as he can remember. Combining both of these aspects as an accompanist quickly developed into taking occasional rehearsals, and he now works with a diverse range of groups, where he shares his passion for choral music with others.


timcoleman-croppedTimothy Coleman
Timothy hails from Aberdeen and, having originally studied PPE at Merton College, Oxford, he is now a freelance tenor and conductor based in the city.  He has previously sung with the Choir of New College, Oxford, and has just finished a year working as one of the National Youth Choir’s Fellows.



Our four new scholars will begin their training at our weekend event in Bolton on 5 and 6 November, and we’re sure that all our members and supporters would like to join us in wishing them a rewarding, stimulating year ahead. Official photographs are due to be taken during the Bolton Weekend, and we will publish a selection in Current News soon afterwards.