NYCGB Fellows 2019/20, Photo: Ben Tomlin

James Botcher

James Botcher has just finished four years at the University of York, completing an undergraduate music degree and the postgraduate Solo Voice Ensemble Singing MA course.  During his postgraduate studies, James was also a Choral Scholar in the York Minster, director of music for the student led university chamber choir Animas, co-directed the university's a cappella group York Vox and was fortunate enough to perform with I Fagiolini in a production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in London and York.  James also enjoys beatboxing, having travelled as far as Krakow for it in the past.

Eleanor Bray

Eleanor Bray studied music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where she was the senior choral scholar in the chapel choir. She was the graduate music assistant at Headington School during 2017-18 and she has since been singing on a freelance basis in London. This year she is studying on the postgraduate ensemble singing programme at the University of York.

Freddie Crowley

Freddie grew up on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, spending six years as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral. He went on to become a choral scholar at Merton College, Oxford, where he read Music and was a member of jazz a cappella group The Oxford Gargoyles for two years. He recently completed a year as part of the 2018-19 Genesis Sixteen cohort and is also the founder and director of the New Oxford Consort. Alongside his musical pursuits, he indulges his enthusiasm for good coffee with a part-time job at Monmouth Coffee Company.

Loren Kell

Loren has just graduated from a degree in Immunology and Infection at University College London, where she will now take up a full-time position as a Research Assistant. During her degree she sang with many choirs in London, including the choir of Christ Church Hampstead, Voce Chamber Choir and UCL Chamber Choir. Loren has sung with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain since she was 14 years old and is excited to start this new chapter within the organisation. 

Ella Rainbird-Earley

Ella recently graduated from the University of York where she studied English Literature. At York, she sang under Robert Hollingworth, being graciously supported by the I Fagiolini Trust. In her third year, she participated in the Genesis Sixteen Programme. She is currently working as a Music Graduate at Ardingly College and is working to establish a path in both musical performance and teaching.

Milette Riis

Milette Riis is currently completing her Ph.D. in pure maths at the University of Leeds, where she conducted both the Chamber Choir and Symphonic Choir. Her operatic experience includes Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Sally (A Hand of Bridge), and Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), and she has performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Vivaldi’s Gloria among other things. Milette is now based in London where she studies with Tim Evans-Jones and sings with the Old Royal Navel College Chapel Choir.

Laurence Padfield

Laurence Padfield is a graduate and former choral scholar of Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was awarded the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary. As well as working at Highgate Junior School as the Music Department Administrator, Laurence has recently been appointed Organist and Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham.

David Woods

David Woods studied at the University of Birmingham and has just completed a year as choral scholar at St Martin-In-The-Fields and before that was a choral scholar at Croydon Minster. This year, David combines the NYCGB fellowship with a choral scholarship with the Oxford Bach Soloists and last Summer he toured the UK with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company singing Luiz in the Gondoliers and Leonard in the Yeomen of the Guard. David also teaches with the Luton Music Service where he runs singing workshops for disadvantaged children.

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