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Choral  Scholars
Choral scholarships at St George's: Over the past few years, the Choral Scholarships scheme at St George’s has given up-and-coming young singers the opportunity to perform and train in our historic and beautiful space whilst learning to become professional ensemble and solo musicians. The scheme has attracted top talent, with current and former scholars studying at the Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and National Opera Studio, amongst others. As well as appearing regularly at St Georges, the Chorals Scholars have performed at other venues such as St George's Hanover Square, and have appeared live on ClassicFM. If you are interested in supporting the scheme or for more information, please contact Sam Bardsley (organist@stgb.org.uk) Ailsa Campbell, Soprano, from Newcastle completed her  Undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Bristol.  During her undergraduate, she was appointed as the first  female Choral Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, was President of  the Madrigal Ensemble for two years and conducted the  University Chamber Choir in her final year. Ailsa then went  on to study for a masters in Solo Voice Ensemble Singing at  the University of York with Robert Hollingworth. Alongside  the Masters, she was a member of the National Youth Choirs  of Great Britain Fellowship Programme and held the Leeds  Festival Chorus Chorus Master Scholarship. Ailsa has recently  moved to London to pursue a freelance singing and  conducting career, holding scholarships at St-Martin-in-the-  Fields and Holy Sepulchre Church and is looking forward to  starting at St George’s Bloomsbury.  Clare Sutherland is a freelance mezzo- soprano based in London. After graduating from Royal Holloway University of London with a First Class Honors degree in Music, she held the Alto Choral Scholarship at Gloucester Cathedral, as well as aiding the Music Department in their Outreach work. In 2018- 19, Clare was a member of the National Youth Choir Fellowship programme and a Choral Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields. She is a current member of Genesis Sixteen, and this year is taking part in the Voces8 Scholars scheme. Originally from Belfast, Tom O’Kelly is a tenor currently in his second year of training at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Mark Wildman. A keen musician, Tom has been working for several years in many aspects of the Northern Ireland music scene. His first experience with classical singing was when he joined the St. Peter’s Cathedral Schola Cantorum in Belfast, under DOM Nigel McClintock. The choir, where he went on to enjoy 10 happy years, gave him his kick start into the world of choral singing and took him to places such as the Vatican (where he sang for Pope Benedict XVI) and Notre Dame. As a solo singer, Tom won first prize at the NI Singer Award and was Overall Vocal Champion at the prestigious Ballymena Festival, amongst other awards at various singing competitions around the country. He also won the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Gleneagle Bursary and was a finalist in the inaugural Charles Wood Song competition. He has also started working for StageCoach, Queen’s Park, as the resident drama teacher as well as continuing his private one to one singing tuition. Tom is so excited for the coming year at St. George’s and the fabulous music making in store! Sam Bardsley Organist Sam started singing as a chorister in his local parish church 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, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and other oratorio. Whilst in York, Sam studied with Iestyn Davies and David Lowe and currently studies with Ben Johnson. 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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