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As the academic year draws to a close, The Young Singers are celebrating a number of member successes from the past year. These success stories are testament to the quality of musical training on offer to the children who sing with The Young Singers. The Bach Choir is proud to support an ensemble that inspires and nurtures such passion for singing in young people.
Luisa has been offered a scholarship to study at specialist music school Wells Cathedral School in Somerset this coming September. She leaves behind St. Joseph’s RC Primary School (Westminster) and her musical family at The Young Singers to make the big move.
At 11 years old, Luisa has been a member of The Young Singers since its inception in 2013. She has sung with The Young Singers alongside The Bach Choir on numerous occasions, including Berlioz Te Deum and Orff Carmina Burana.
“Before I auditioned for The Young Singers programme two years ago, I wasn’t even sure I could sing. I don’t come from a musical family and at the time knew very little about music. Just two years later and encouraged by our wonderful Choir Mistress, Sara Cluderay, I’ve sung a solo at the Royal Albert Hall, sung psalms for the Bishop of Westminster and was short listed for the role of Matilda in the West End.
[…] Last year, emboldened by the technique and discipline instilled in me by Sara Cluderay, I applied for a place at Wells Cathedral Music School in Somerset and after some pretty scary interviews and tests (including one which checked that I actually had a Top C to offer!) I won a scholarship place for this September. I actually sang an extract from Berlioz’s Te Deum at the audition.
I will really miss the choir and the friends I have made but hope that others will benefit as much as I have from this fabulous programme.”
Aven played the role of Germont’s daughter in English National Opera’s spring production of Verdi La Traviata, alongside high-flying professional opera singers Elizabeth Zharoff, Anthony Michaels-More, and Ben Johnson, and conductor Roland Böer. A keen actress, Aven described the experience as “a dream come true.”
Since childhood Aven has shown an aptitude for music with interest in all styles and genres. She plays the piano and flute as well as singing, and has been a member of The Young Singers since it started in 2013.
Like a fish to water, Aven took to the stage and has high hopes for her future as an actress – “If I can’t be the main actress in the play, I don’t want to be in the play at all,” she tells her mum.
Congratulations to both Luisa and Aven on their huge achievements, and to Sara Cluderay and the team at The Young Singers for your ongoing encouragement, support, and inspiration.