Introducing our Young Conducting Scholars for 2021

We’re delighted to confirm the four scholarship recipients on our highly acclaimed Young Conductors’ Programme, running from early 2021 to the end of the year in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The talented young musicians who have been awarded scholarships following a rigorous interview and selection process are: 

  • Ailsa Campbell, a freelance musician and choral scholar who gained her Music degree at Bristol University in 2018, before studying for a Masters degree in Solo Voice Ensemble Singing from the University of York;
  • Enyi Okpara, also a freelancer who recently graduated from Bristol University and who is keen to embrace development of his choral conducting skills, building on his existing training as an orchestral conductor;
  • Hannah Cox, a graduate in Music from Durham University who is currently studying music therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and who is eager to build on her past choral conducting experience;
  • Sam Gilliatt, who graduated with a Music degree from the University of York in 2018, and who is currently bass scholar at Manchester Oratory, also recently taking on leadership of a Hallé Workplace Choir.

The four scholars will benefit from fully funded training during 2021, starting their tuition at our training event scheduled to take place in London; during their scholarship they will work towards SfP’s Advanced Level accreditation, conducting complex a capella and orchestrally accompanied works, with a pathway offered for taking the LRSM in Choral Directing exam, moderated by the ABRSM, after a solid Advanced course pass. 

According to Chief Executive and Head of Conductor Training Manvinder Rattan, “the standard of scholarship applicants was exceptionally high this year; we’re delighted that this new cohort of scholars displays a strong degree of diversity, and we look forward to supporting Ailsa, Enyi, Hannah and Sam on their choral conducting journey. It’s a pleasure to play a part in helping them sustain the UK’s strong choral tradition in future, despite the challenges of 2020.”

Launched in 2013, the programme has trained 35 scholars thus far; and SfP’s future aim is to create a more diverse landscape in the classical music world, through ring-fenced BAME scholarships and conductor training days for young BAME musicians.