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Sponsorship for Scholarship Scheme

A Scholardship Scheme aimed at encouraging young singers to come and sing with the Chorale has been in force now for several years. Singers on the scheme, in full time education, aged between 15 and 21, (following an informal audition by the Musical Director), instead of paying a fee, will receive a termly sponsorship.

Participants in the scheme (most recent first):

Welcome to Sophie Chapman who is now singing with us. Sophie is a 6th form student who came to the recent workshop day - found the experience enjoyable and decided that she would like to sing with us on a regular basis until she goes off to University.
(Sophie is now at University but still manages to sing with us during terms when studies allow)

A recent singer to take a place on the scheme is Ed Hilton. Ed is presently studying at College and we are pleased to have him on board.
(Ed has moved to Reading and is now in training for a teaching position)

The Chorale has been privileged to have Mary Palmer (our first participant on the scheme) with us for three concerts and wish her all good fortune in her forthcoming studies.
Thank you Mary for your singing, friendly fellowship and for getting our scheme started.

She has come to the end of her time with the Chorale and will shortly be moving on to offer her aid on a charitable scheme in India and for a gap year before continuing her studies at University.
Feeling that she would like to pass on her experiences while singing with the choir, she has sent the following letter to the local press.

Some Saturday mornings, if passing Jubilee Hall in Brewood, you may hear the choristers of Midlands Chorale, readily rehearsing for an upcoming concert. With choir members from Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham and the surrounding areas, Midlands Chorale has performed at various prestigious venues across the area.

Joining Midland's Chorale under the Scholarship Scheme, I have learned about singing and music, but also met so many lovely, welcoming and talented people within the choir. I have been part of three Midland's Chorale concerts since starting in September, including a broad repertoire of music by the likes of Rutter, Duruflé, Britten and Purcell. By my second concert, I had been encouraged to sing second soprano instead of the lower alto range I had always sung before, and was also asked to sing the "Spring Carol" duet in "A Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten. Singing with the choir has definitely given me the extra confidence to pursue singing with choirs and chorale societies in university and beyond in the future.

I am not a trained singer, but had always enjoyed singing with my school and community choir in Penkridge where I live - so would encourage anyone who studies music at GCSE or A level, is working towards graded exams in singing, or simply just enjoys singing and music to enquire about the Scholarship Scheme.

Finally, I would like to personally thank absolutely everyone involved in Midlands Chorale for making me feel so welcome.

Midlands Chorale is a mixed voice choir and young singers aged 15-18 don't have to pay a membership fee - instead they receive a £30 sponsorship each term. Rehearsal dates and further information can be found at http://www.midlandschorale.co.uk If interested or have any questions, ring Gren and Cynthia on 01902 850175 or email cynthgren@btinternet.com

Anyone wishing to become a Sponsor should contact Committee Member Cynthia Heath or any member of the Committee


Sponsorship towards the scheme is warmly invited.

Scholarship payment to young singers is £30 per term

To sponsor a young singer;-
for a term - £30
for a year - £90