Choral Graduate Programme Announced

Posted on: 26 April 2024

We're pleased to announce a brand new Choral Graduate Programme that aims to develop training for exceptionally talented altos, tenors, and basses.

From September 2024 the Choral Graduate Programme takes the place of our established Lay Clerk scheme. In addition to a competitive professional salary, the Programme provides support and mentorship to help young singers get to the next stage in their careers.

Choral Graduates join the undergraduates and Choristers in our celebrated College Choir here at St John's under the direction of Christopher Gray. The Choir offers a superb environment for vocal and musical development, with a distinctive, warm sound that encourages free and expressive singing. During term time, the Choir sings seven services per week. In addition, there are regular concerts, CD recordings, broadcasts, and international tours. As members of the Lower Voices of the Choir, Choral Graduates also sing in the Gents of St John's, performing at external engagements and hosting events like the Gents' Garden Party and Gents at the Maypole. 

Led by distinguished bass-baritone Alex Ashworth, the Choral Graduate Programme offers bespoke guidance, masterclasses with leading professionals, singing lessons, and an allowance to be spent on musical development such as language coaching, consultation lessons, or the cost of music college applications. 

Alex Ashworth is a renowned concert and opera singer teaching at the Choir of St John's College and the Royal Academy of Music. Alex brings extensive experience to the Choral Graduate Programme.

Choral Graduates will have access to leading coaches, directors, and teachers, focusing on various aspects of their craft each term. From selecting and preparing repertoire to refining stage-craft and presentation, the Programme offers comprehensive support for aspiring professional singers.

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