January 2018

Brecon Singers is pleased to announce our David Gedge Young Musician Scholarships 2018 – 2019 Programme, inviting singers to apply for one of our choral scholarships for the academic year 2018-2019.  Our choral scholars will attend weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings 7.30pm-9.30pm in term time and participate in our four concert performances. Scholars will also be expected to attend an annual masterclass organised by Brecon Singers.  The scholarships are open to singers aged 16 - 25, or students in full or part time music education.  All applicants will be asked to provide contact details of a referee (preferably their music teacher) or someone who will support their application.                                                                                    

The scholarships are ideal for aspiring professional singers wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading, or in preparation for university choral scholarships, and as a means of broadening repertoire knowledge. Recipients should be actively pursuing further advancement in music. Scholarships are based on the academic school year from September 2018 to June 2019 and are worth £100 per term, paid towards the end of each term. 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.

Brecon Singers was founded in 1966 as Brecon Cathedral Singers by David Gedge who remained as the Musical Director for 41 years.  Our present Musical Director, Robert Evans, began his musical education as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral and studied clarinet at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.  Robert made his London debut in 1987 at the Royal Festival Hall with the choir of The London Oratory.  He spent ten years in the choir of Westminster Cathedral before moving to Salisbury where he continued his freelance career, both as a soloist and as a consort singer working with The Sixteen, The Cardinalls Musick, and The Gabrielli Consort.

Our Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist, Alan Davies, was born in the Welsh Marches and started learning cello in primary school.  He later became a member of the Welsh National Youth Orchestra and studied piano and cello with Welsh cellist George Isaac and pianist Beate Poperwell at the Royal Welsh College of Music where he developed a love for chamber music and accompaniment.  Alan worked as a teacher with the London Borough of Hillingdon.  Around 2000, he initiated South Powys Youth Music.  Alan is a talented chamber and orchestral musician playing in many local concerts.

Brecon Singers has a membership of approximately 80 singers from Brecon and the surrounding areas.  Our members are made up of people from all walks of life with varied levels of choral background. We perform four concerts each year.  Our winter and spring concerts have professional orchestras and soloists.  We also have a Christmas concert and a summer concert.

Please visit www.breconsingers.com for more information about the choir.