Truro Cathedral Scholarship opportunities



Supplementary information to the ‘Gap Year Choral Scholarships’ leaflet

The Chapter wishes to appoint Alto, Tenor and Bass Choral Scholars for one year, beginning in September 2016. These scholarships may, in exceptional circumstances, be renewed for a further year. The purpose of the scholarships is to give the holders experience and training in a full-time choral foundation. Applications are welcomed from pre- and post-university students. Truro Cathedral is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

Truro Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir consists of 18 boy Choristers, 18 girl Choristers, 7 Lay Vicars and 5 Choral Scholars. The boy Choristers, aged 8 to 13, are educated at Polwhele House School where they receive scholarships and bursaries. The girl Choristers, aged 13 to 18, are educated at Truro School where they receive equivalent scholarships and bursaries.

Both sets of choristers rehearse every weekday morning at their respective schools, from 8.10am to 8.55am. Both groups usually perform with the Lay Vicars and Choral Scholars.

Choir duties
The pattern outlined below is the basis of the commitment for Choral Scholars (and also Lay Vicars). There are sometimes additional services, concerts, recordings and broadcasts which may fall on any day of the week and good notice will be given for these. The girls sing on Tuesday and Thursday in Week A, and on Thursday (no ATB) and Sunday in Week B; the boys sing on Monday (no ATB), Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in Week A, and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in Week B.

Recent tours have included France, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the USA, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. The Choir has appeared regularly on BBC radio and television: Choral Evensong (Radio 3), Sunday Worship (Radio 4), a concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Radio 3), a live broadcast of Mass for Pentecost (BBC1), music for The Truth about Carols (BBC2 and BBC4) and Songs of Praise (BBC1). Recent recordings on the Regent, Lammas and Priory labels have received widespread critical acclaim. In April 2011 a CD of Benjamin Britten’s music was released and in May 2012 A Year at Truro was issued as part of a series for Regent Records. Other recent single-composer CDs have featured music by Louis Vierne, Maurice Duruflé and Orlando Gibbons. In March 2013, a CD of music by Philip Stopford was released which reached the top 20 in the UK Official Classical Chart, receiving generous praise from the critics in Gramophone, Choir and Organ, and other journals. A CD of music composed in recent years for the Choir by James MacMillan, Julian Philips, Graham Fitkin, Paul Drayton and others was released in October 2013; and a CD of music from the time of the First World War, including Parry’s Songs of Farewell was released in October 2014. 2015/16 will see the release of a CD of music by Gabriel Jackson and the Choir’s first DVD. The Choir also webcasts services regularly.
Remuneration and terms of the scholarship
Choral Scholars for 2016 – 2017 will receive £2,300 per annum. They live in a house provided rent-free by the Chapter. It is fully furnished and has a large inventory of kitchen equipment, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner etc. Council tax, water, gas and electricity bills are paid by the Chapter. The house is opposite the east end of the Cathedral. A £50 deposit is taken for the house. Free internet access is provided and we expect Scholars to maintain the same professional protocols with regard to use of the Cathedral’s system as staff do. Details are included in the Staff Handbook in the Cathedral Office.

Many Scholars choose to supplement their income by working in pubs, restaurants and shops in the town.

Truro’s Choral Scholarship scheme was started in September 1995. Of our scholars so far, many have gone on to top university scholarships (eg Magdalen and New College Oxford, and St John’s, King’s, Clare, Caius and Trinity College Cambridge) and the top music colleges.

Opportunities at the Choir Schools
One scholar each year has the opportunity to live and work at the choir school where the boy Choristers are educated, Polwhele House School. This carries with it further remuneration from the school. Please state in your application if you are interested in exploring this position. There may also be some work available at Truro School, where the girl Choristers are educated.

How to apply
Auditions are held at various times during the year, and often all places are allocated before Christmas (and earlier than that for certain voice parts). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Director of Music via the Worship Administrator, Miss Elizabeth Stewart, as early as possible. You should include a CV and letter of application, and e-mail is the preferred means of contact, where possible.

Please apply to

Elizabeth Stewart
Tel: 01872 245002
Truro Cathedral
14 St Mary’s Street

giving the names of two people willing to act as referees.

Please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Stewart for informal advice or further information about any aspects of the scholarships.

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