News item: London Oriana Choir Scholarship

News item: London Oriana Choir Scholarship

The London Oriana Choir are announcing a new Scholarship programme offering a limited number of places for young singers in their 2021/ 2022 season and to be part of the groundbreaking Five 15 Programme celebrating women composers which will have a gala concert in summer 2022 with a new choral and orchestral commission from composer Hannah Kendall. The choir are known for their diverse work which has been as wide-ranging as supporting Maddona at Eurovision to performing a new commission from Eric Whitacre for charity
Here is more info about the scheme

● A select number of funded places open to singers aged 18-25 for the 2021/22
● Opportunity to take part in the final year of five15, the choir’s initiative to
champion women composers, with new commission, recordings and the final
● Benefit will include free individual singing lessons, coaching sessions and solo
● Application deadline: midnight on 31st October 2021

The London Oriana Choir is excited to announce the launch of a new Choral Scholarship Programme , offering a select number of funded places for singers
aged 18-25 for its 2021-22 season, as part of its commitment to support aspiring young singers.

The scheme is open to anyone who enjoys singing, whether those studying music, starting their music careers or simply wanting to expand their singing and performance opportunities. This is an opportunity to join one of Britain’s leading choral groups and one of the most exciting and versatile in London, performing in the capital, around the UK and abroad. The choir has some big plans for its 2021/2022 season which they are keen for the selected scholarship singers to join. This includes taking part in the final year of five15, the choir’s ground-breaking initiative championing women composers, which will involve three new
commissions with composer Hannah Kendall, recordings of all the pieces commissioned under the programme in the last six years and a final festival in 2022. 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 festivities.

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, as well as solo opportunities.

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.

For further information:
Lizann Peppard, London Oriana Choir
0788 7505831

Composer Hannah Kendal:

Born in London in 1984, Hannah went on to graduate from the University of Exeter with First Class Honours in Music, having studied composition with Joe Duddell. Hannah also completed a Masters in Advanced Composition with Distinction from the Royal College of Music studying with Kenneth Hesketh and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal College of Music Study Award and the RVW Trust.Her music has been performed across the UK by a wide array of ensembles from London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Chineke! and Philharmonia Orchestra. Hannah is currently based in New York City as a Doctoral Fellow in composition
at Columbia University.