Choral Bursary

Thomas Tallis Society, a well-known chamber choir based in Greenwich, is offering Choral Ambassador Bursaries to young singers of graduate age, especially from University and Collegiate choirs, who are keen to develop their singing and further their choral experience. Recipients will sing with TTS in around four concerts each year and receive a bursary (up to £600 per year) intended to be used for singing lessons. Recipients will also act as ambassadors for TTS in recruiting like-minded singers to join TTS and explore interesting choral repertoire.

TTS rehearse and perform in the historic Hawksmoor church of St Alfege, Greenwich, where Tallis is buried. The musical director is Eamonn Dougan, well known as Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and Genesis16, Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices and a singer with The Sixteen and I Fagiolini. Recent TTS concerts have included repertoire ranging from renaissance polyphony through Handel oratorio to MacMillan’s Tenebrae Responsories, Poulenc’s Mass in G, Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom, Cecilia McDowall’s Requiem and a new TTS commission by Roderick Williams. They are supported by a loyal and enthusiastic audience who relish the wide ranging repertoire the choir explores.

Choral Ambassadors will also be offered opportunities to observe rehearsals of The Sixteen and I Fagiolini and will receive individual coaching sessions with Eamonn Dougan. The scheme will operate via a credit system for each session attended: four rehearsals before each concert, plus a rehearsal and performance on the concert day, making six sessions per concert, paid at a rate of £25 each. Singers come to TTS from all over London because of the standards and repertoire maintained, but it is anticipated that this opportunity will appeal particularly to young singers based in SE London.

To apply, please email TTS at auditions.tts@gmail.com – with a brief c/v including your choral experience and suggestions of referees.

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