Upper Sixth Former Silas Sanders received some incredibly exciting news this week when he was awarded a Choral Scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, to follow his offer to read Music there in September.
The primary duty of a Choral Scholar is to sing at the three services of Choral Evensong that take place each week, together with occasional special services. Music from all ages is sung and, in recent years, the Choir has collaborated with a number of contemporary composers and given several world premiere performances.
Silas, who is already a member of the National Youth Choir and the National Youth Chamber Choir (a small sub-set of the National Youth Choir) was overjoyed when he heard the news. The application was rigorous, requiring Silas to perform a prepared piece, undertake some sight-reading and various technical exercises. Whilst Silas has been singing since the age of nine, when he was a chorister at Kings College, Cambridge, he puts much of his success down to the support he has been given from the music department here at Bedford School. His music exams and the experience he has gained from being an integral member of our Chapel Choir have nurtured his talent and built the skills needed.
This is a hugely exciting time for Silas, marking the next step in his career in music. Silas told us that he is keeping his options open for the future for now, although he does know that whatever he does will most certainly be something to do with music!
Assistant Director of Music Mr Rouse said, “I am absolutely delighted for Silas and his latest success. He has been fully committed to the choral life at Bedford School and deserves this exciting new opportunity for the future.”