Choral Scholarship Testimonials

Clare Whiting, Soprano, graduated with a First Class degree in Music from the University of Nottingham in 2014.

I could not have made a better decision than to apply for a Choral Scholarship at St Mary’s when I knew I had a confirmed place at the University of Nottingham. I have been a chorister since the age of 9 and knew that I wanted to continue with choral singing whilst at university; however I was originally worried about the commitment alongside my studies. I needn’t have worried though; St Mary’s never interfered with my work and gave me a whole new set of great friends, in fact the choir is like my second family. It is a choir of amazing quality, a huge range of repertoire across the ages from early music to newly written commissions and a continuously friendly and welcoming atmosphere both at rehearsals and numerous social events. I can only describe it as a complete and utter pleasure to be a part of St Mary’s and I know I will be back to sing with the choir as often as I possibly can because frankly three years just wasn’t long enough! I would recommend this amazing experience to anyone so don’t hesitate to apply!

Paul Suter, Bass, studied English at Cambridge University and came to Nottingham to study for a Graduate Diploma in Law in 2008. He now sings with a number of choirs in London, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

“I was a choral scholar at St. Mary’s for only one year, but left wishing that I had been there for so many more. The Director of Music, John Keys, expects the highest standards from his singers, and achieves this without fail. The repertoire explored is challenging, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present, and is performed in the weekly round of three services and various concerts that pepper each term. This commitment reaps fruit from the standard of performance and the social camaraderie that pervades the choir. From Tallis to Pärt, via Bach’s Passions, the musical experience at St. Mary’s is unrivalled. It is a joyous opportunity to be a part of this rich tradition, and to have your contributions sincerely appreciated by all.”