Choral Scholars

Singers can apply for one of four choral scholarships for the academic year. Choral scholars attend weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm-9.30pm in term time, in addition to around four performances a year.

The scholarships are open to singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education. They are ideal for aspiring professional singers wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading and as a means of broadening repertoire knowledge.


Scholarships are worth £750 per season. There will be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities, and also a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s superb Musical Director.

It is expected that choral scholars will mentor our younger choral apprentices, take an active role with social media for the ensemble, and generally support the endeavours of Bristol Choral Society.

We are currently seeking scholars for 2018-19. Please download an application form here. Application forms should be sent to .If you have any questions please contact Caro Barrett at

We have appointed Ilaria Scarponi as our Alto Scholar for this season. Auditions for other voice parts will be on Wednesday 21st November with closing date for applications being midnight on Friday 16th November.

“I was lucky to be able to learn new ideas from our conductor, Hilary, whilst being able to develop my singing in one of the longest standing Choral Societies in the country”  Ben Gutsell

Our choral scholars in 2017-18 were: Ruth Bamfield, Heather Ashworth, Tessa Deterding, Ben Gutsell and Patrick Osborne. They performed at our recent Bach Concert and were highly praised by the Bristol Post reviewer:

As if to underscore Bach’s indebtedness to the Dresden master, Heinrich Schutz, the BCS Choral Scholars gave a delightful performance of his a capella motet Die mit Tränen säen. Performing so well and so sensitively whilst unaccompanied was a great tribute to their musicianship.