All Saints offers four choral scholarships (SATB) and one organ scholarship per year. In recent years these have been taken by a mixture of postgraduate singers, gap year students and young professionals.
Recent singers and organists have been students at the London music colleges, or former singers from such choirs as King’s College, London; Royal Holloway; York University; Magdalen and Exeter Colleges, Oxford; St Catherine’s College, Cambridge; and Gloucester Cathedral; and have sung with initiatives such as the Genesis Sixteen project. Following their year at All Saints, many scholars have gone on to sing or play professionally with choirs or as soloists.
The choral scholars sing as part of the main choir at All Saints, which itself sings at a very high standard. They are required to attend the Wednesday evening rehearsals – among other things, this helps develop a sense of belonging to the choir, and many scholars have stayed on after their year as members of the choir. There are a good number of paid services per year (around 30 for choral scholars, 10 for the organ scholar), as well as opportunities to sing, both in services as a solo quartet, in concerts and other events – in 2016 the scholars sang to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge at Fulham Palace, and in 2017 sang solos live on BBC1 for the Christmas Day broadcast. In 2018 they broadcast with the choir live on Radio 4's 'Sunday Worship', for which the organ scholar played, and in 2019 choral scholars sang the solos in a performance of Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri.
We are grateful to a grant from The Ousley Church Music Trust for supporting our choral & organ scholarship scheme.