NYCGB Fellows 2018-19 (L-R): Clare Sutherland, Ailsa Campbell, Benedict Munden, George Cook, Jack Harberd, Gabriella Noble, Danni O'Neill, Sam Gilliatt. Image: Louise Cowley.

GABRIELLA NOBLE (Soprano) has recently completed the postgraduate ensemble singing programme at the University of York following undergraduate music studies at the University of Oxford. She has conducted the Oxford University Chorus, Schola Cantorum of Oxford (as the 2017-18 conducting scholar), and the Chimera New Music Ensemble, and taken part in musical outreach activity with Schola Cantorum and the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She says:

I actively sought out the NYCGB Fellowship Programme as its strong focus on leadership skills complements my desire to develop as a conductor throughout my freelance singing career.

DANNI O’NEILL (Soprano) is a former Choral Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London, a graduate of the Genesis Sixteen programme, and has recently co-founded the chamber choir, Recordare. She is a choral scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and has attended the Sing for Pleasure Summer School as a conducting student. She says:

The skills gained on the Fellowship Programme will enable me to have the best possible springboard for my career, with the aim of becoming a leader who can inspire young singers and a confident solo performer and consort singer.

AILSA CAMPBELL (Soprano) became the first ever female choral scholar at Bristol Cathedral in 2016 whilst studying at Bristol University, where she also conducted the chamber choir and ran the madrigal ensemble. She is joining the postgraduate ensemble singing programme at the University of York and taking up the 2018/19 conducting scholarship at Leeds Festival Chorus. She says:

The NYCGB Fellowship Programme will be a perfect opportunity to further develop my skills as a singer and expand my experience of conducting and leading choirs.

CLARE SUTHERLAND (Alto) studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London and has just completed a choral scholarship year at Gloucester Cathedral. She has also been involved in the cathedral’s education and outreach programme, working as a cathedral junior choir assistant, girl chorister assistant, and assisting with the termly Junior Voices project for local primary schools. She says:

I hope to extend my skills as a consort singer, and am also really interested in working with the NYCGB Young Composers. To be an integral part of a creative process and take it all the way to performance is something really thrilling.

JACK HARBERD (Tenor) studied music at the University of York where he was also a co-director of the vocal group Vox, a volunteer leader and treasurer for the Music Education Group, and appeared in multiple musical theatre productions, as well as singing with York Minster Choir. He says:

I am approaching the Fellowship with a confident level of experience in leadership and performance, but believe that the programme will help me develop further: I particularly want to improve my musicianship and leadership.

BENEDICT MUNDEN (Tenor) studied geography at the University of York, where he was also a member of the university’s auditioned chamber choir, The 24. The youngest-ever holder of an NYCGB Fellowship at 20 years old, he is also currently a tenor scholar with the choir of All Saints’ Church, Fulham. He says:

I am excited by the prospect of working with equally ambitious musicians to create a unified ensemble; advance our musical skill-set; and share our passion in communities where awareness of the benefits of choral singing is low. 

GEORGE COOK (Baritone) is a graduate of the Genesis Sixteen programme, and was graduate musician at Oakham School last year, whilst singing as a choral scholar at Peterborough Cathedral. He studied music at Durham University, and was senior choral scholar at Durham Cathedral. He also conducted the chamber choir and was vocal director for the opera ensemble. He is currently teaching music at Ipswich School. He says:

I aim to use the Fellowship Programme as a platform to start establishing myself in the professional world. I also want to inspire younger generations to love choral and solo singing as much as I do.

SAM GILLIATT (Baritone) is at the outset of a performing and conducting career having graduated in music from the University of York and completed the Genesis Sixteen programme. He has recently been appointed musical director of Manchester Glee and Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies’ Choir. He says:

I am very keen to gain more experience performing and working within a group of talented musicians, and learning from high quality directors and educators.

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