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St Mary’s Ewell has long enjoyed a great musical tradition. The mixed choir leads traditional worship (BCP and Common Worship) with a broad range of high quality choral music, accompanied by the fine ‘Father’ Willis organ. There are cathedral visits from time to time, plus various social events.
Scholarships are primarily intended for school pupils in years 11, 12 and 13 or undergraduate students, and are suitable for those hoping to apply for Music Scholarships in further education or those (of any age) who are planning to enter the music profession.
Music Scholars from St Mary’s have gone on to study at various Conservatoires and Universities. Some have become Lay Clerks in Cathedral Choirs, one is now a much sought after concert soloist and opera singer, and others are pursuing active musical careers. Over the years our Organ Scholars have included Jeremy Barham and, more recently, Timothy Burke (Exeter College, Oxford). Our 2007/09 Organ Scholar, Jeremy Cole, is now Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge having spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral. Of our recent Choral Scholars one was awarded a Choral Scholarship at Magdalen College for 2010 and another at Somerville College for 2011. One is singing with the choir of Newcastle Cathedral whilst in the area at university.
Choral scholarships and organ scholarships
(values depending upon the number and quality of applicants)
For further information, please contact our Director of Music, Jonathan Holmes, through our Contact Us page.
Our parish choir is now offering junior choral scholarships. We are looking for children of primary school age or years 7-9 at secondary school. The duties are one service in term time on Sundays and one practice on Fridays 7pm-8.15pm. Choristers receive a first-rate musical education, which will give a lifetime’s pleasure, and membership of our choir has often led to choral scholarships at university. Junior Choral Scholars receive £300 a year scholarship. For further information, please contact our Director of Music, Jonathan Holmes, through our Contact Us page.
“I am currently in the third year of a four year Physics course at Durham University and am the Decani Tenor Choral Scholar at Durham Cathedral. In addition to the eight services a week I sing in the cathedral I also sing with Durham University Chamber Choir.
“I was a Tenor Choral Scholar at St Mary’s in 2009/2010 during my final school year. I’d done a lot of singing with my school choir, singing anthems in the chapel and the occasional evensong but I didn’t have a great deal of experience with other aspects of the Anglican liturgy such as Matins and Sung Eucharist. It was the opportunity to get to grips with a wider variety of church choral music that attracted me to the scholarship. The weekly turnover of music certainly increased my sight-reading ability as well as expanding my knowledge of the repertoire. I enjoyed singing with a smaller group than my school choir as you become far more self-reliant within your part. I enjoyed the opportunities for solo singing, both in weekly services and in the occasional concert.
“When I first started at St Mary’s, everyone was very welcoming and I soon felt like one of the choir family; even now that my scholarship has finished, I still enjoy visiting during university holidays to catch up with everyone. I received very helpful advice when I applying for university choral scholarships. I have found that the experience and confidence I gained during my scholarship was invaluable when applying for choral positions. I rely on the skills that I gained at St Mary’s in the cathedral every day, particularly my knowledge of the ‘standard’ Anglican repertoire and sight-reading ability. I intend to continue choral singing after my graduation.”