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Choral  Scholars
Choral scholarships at St George's: Last year was an important and exciting one for the Music Department at St George’s. We have entered the second round of our new Choral Scholarship scheme, which gives up-and-coming young singers the opportunity to perform and train in our historic and beautiful space, learning to become professional ensemble and solo musicians, and increasing their chances of having successful careers in years to come. Though in its early stage, we’re already supported six talented young people in this way, and we hope this is just the first of many generations of St George’s Choral Scholars to come. We have been lucky to attract top talent, with current scholars also studying at the Guildhall School of Music and National Opera Studio. Last year the ensemble performed at other venues such as St George's Hanover Square, and on ClassicFM. For more information about the Choral Scholarship scheme, please contact Sam (organist@stgb.org.uk) Avalon Summerfield Soprano Avalon is a professional soprano and music tutor based in London.  She read Music at the University of York, graduating with a First Class Honours in 2015, and is currently studying for a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a scholarship. After graduating, Avalon forged a busy schedule teaching across the East Midlands and singing professionally. She was awarded a VOCES8 Scholarship in 2016, as well as Stile Antico's prestigious inaugural bursary for young singers in 2015. In March 2017, Avalon toured to Florence with I Fagiolini as part of a series of exclusive concerts of renaissance repertoire. Avalon has performed as a soloist in operas, such as Massenet's Cendrillon, as well as oratorios including Handel's Messiah and Bach's Mass in B minor. In 2016, Avalon played First Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with VOCES8 and Mary Bevan at Milton Abbey. Avalon has particularly enjoyed singing with baroque ensembles, including the Helios Ensemble, Les Inventions, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and was privileged to perform Vivaldi's Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera with a period ensemble in the presence on Dame Janet Baker in 2015. Recently performed repertoire includes arias from Mozart's The Good-Hearted Churl, Handel's  Julius Caesar and Alcina, and a selection of songs by Monteverdi, William Walton, Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell and Frank Bridge. https://www.avalonsummerfield.com/ Sinéad O'Kelly mezzo-soprano Belfast-born Sinéad O’Kelly studied for six years as a soprano at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with both a First Class BMus (Hons) degree and a Masters with Distinction in Vocal Performance. After leaving, she made the decision to re-train as a mezzo-soprano. Sinéad was a member of the NI Opera Young Artists’ Programme for the 2016/17 season, covering Donna Elvira in their production of Don Giovanni (dir. Oliver Mears) and studying the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Previous roles include First Lady The Magic Flute(NI Opera), Papagena Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), GianettaThe Elixir of Love (Nevill Holt Opera), Melisande Pelléas et Melisande (cover ETO) and creating the role of Persephone in John Barber’s world premiere of Seven Seeds at RAH. Sinéad has appeared as a recitalist at the Oxford Lieder Festival, York Late Music Festival and the London Song Festival. She is the 2013 winner of the Courtney Kenny Award and the NI Opera Festival of Voice. She came 2nd place in RCM’s Joan Chisell Schumann Competition and won the Schubert Song Prize at the 2015 International Mozart Competition. Throughout her studies, Sinéad has been kindly supported by the David Ross Foundation, the Henry Wood Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the NI Arts Council, for whom she was a Young Musicians’ Platform Award Holder for 2015/16. For the 17/18 season Sinéad is a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. www.sineadokelly.com Tom Brooke tenor Tom is a tenor from Cambridge, where he first started singing as a treble in Great St Mary’s before continuing as a choral scholar at Portsmouth and Durham Cathedrals. Tom also sang at York Minster whilst pursuing his postgraduate studies in ensemble singing under Robert Hollingworth. Throughout 2016-2017 Tom was a member of the Genesis Sixteen programme, Samling Academy and is currently a National Youth Choir Fellow. Tom has sung with numerous ensembles including I Fagolini, The Britten Sinfonia Voices and the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. During his undergraduate studies, Tom conducted the Durham University Chamber Choir and performed regularly as an oratorio soloist across the North East. Highlights in opera include the title role in Weber’s Oberon, Mr. Rushworth in Dove’s Mansfield Park and Le Dancaire in Bizet’s Carmen. Aside from music, Tom is a keen runner, follower of Formula One and works as a computer programmer. Garret Farrell baritone Garret Farrell, originally from Roscommon, Ireland, is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Although he specialised in composition, he found a passion for choral music in some of the many choirs on campus such as the Trinity Singers, the Trinity College Chapel Choir and the music department chamber choir, the Campanile Consort. After progressing to become a section leader in Trinity College Singers, a Choral Scholar in the Chapel Choir, and conductor of the Campanile Consort, he joined the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin - first as a choral scholar and subsequently as a Lay Vicar Choral until June 2014. In addition, he has deputised with a number of choirs across London since moving in early 2015. He has performed as a soloist with University of Dublin Choral Society, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, New Dublin Voices Youth Choir, Charles Wood Singers, and Christ Church Kensington, among others. Sam Bardsley Organist Sam started singing as a chorister in his local parish church when he was seven years old and has gone on to sing with some of the finest cathedral choirs in the country. Before commencing study at the University of York, Sam was a choral scholar at Southwark Cathedral and when not committed there worked as a freelance singer and conductor with various choirs in London and the South-East. When he moved to York, Sam was a choral scholar at York Minster and was fortunate enough to sing at the annual Royal Maundy service and appear on live broadcasts and recordings with the Minster choir. Solo appearances have included lead roles in Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi operas, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria and other oratorio. Whilst in York, Sam studied with Iestyn Davies and David Lowe. Sam has been the organist at St George’s since 2012 and has directed acclaimed orchestral performances of works including both Mozart and Fauré Requiems and Bach’s Magnificat.
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