Royal Holloway offers excellent opportunities for singers and organists. Choral Scholars form the College Chapel Choir, an ensemble of usually 24 singers, which undertakes a regular routine of services as well as representing the College further afield through concerts, broadcasts, recordings, and tours.
In the last few years the choir has made recordings for Naxos, Signum and Hyperion Records, broadcast frequently on BBC Radio and been invited to perform at prestigious music festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, the Windsor Festival and the Presteigne Festival. Choral and Organ Scholars get to travel widely (with recent concerts in Los Angeles, Beijing and across Europe) and work with different orchestras and ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, Florilegium, the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and Acoustic Triangle. The choir also deputises for cathedral choirs, regularly singing services at St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. George's, Windsor Castle, and many other British cathedrals.
All choral and organ scholars are automatically enrolled on the Royal Holloway Passport scheme and earn the highest number of points for their extra-curricular work at the College. The passport scheme exists to help students develop the transferable skills employers are looking for and teach them how to sell themselves well in a competitive market.
It is not necessary for either Choral or Organ Scholars to read for degrees in Music. Applications will also be considered from postgraduate students.
Applications for all scholarships should be received early in the New Year with auditions held at the end of February or beginning of March each year.
For more information about other College choirs see www.rhul.ac.uk/choirs.