Choral scholarships are generously funded by Banco Santander as a part of the Santander Universities Scheme. Each year Royal Holloway offers a number of Choral Scholarships on each voice part. Countertenors and contraltos are equally welcome.
Scholarships are normally held for three years and the maximum award is £700 per annum (choral). Singing lessons are provided where there is not already provision from within the degree programme.
The normal routine for choral scholars involves an evening rehearsal on Tuesday, a short morning service on Wednesday (8.45-9am) together with an afternoon rehearsal and a short lunchtime concert. On Thursday there is a choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer. The choir also sings either an Anglican service or Catholic Mass on a Sunday evening although usually only on 2 out of 3 weekends.
There are no services on a Sunday morning and Choral Scholars are free to pursue other professional work in London at that time subject to consultation with the Director of Choral Music. It is preferred, but not essential, for potential Choral Scholars to have had relevant experience in church singing. Good sight-reading skills are essential.