Choral Scholars

Bristol Choral Society has been running a very successful choral scholarship campaign and we hope to be able to continue this into next season. 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.

The scholarships are ideal for aspiring professional singers wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading and as a means of broadening repertoire knowledge. Scholarships run from October until mid June and are worth £680. There will be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities, and also a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s 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 further information and an application form here. Application forms should be sent to by the deadline of midday on Sunday 30th September. Auditions will be held on Wednesday 3rd October. If you have any questions please contact Caro Barrett at

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.