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 £1000 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 looking to recruit choral scholars for our 2019-20 season. If would like to apply please download further information and an application form below. Completed forms should be emailed to

Further information: PDF
Application form: Word (.docx) | PDF

“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 2018-19 were: Emma Huggett, Megan Rees, Ilaria Scarponi, Olly Chubb and Patrick Osborne.

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.