Meet the Team
St Saviour’s, Pimlico
Choral Scholars 2023-2024
We are delighted to announce our new choral scholars for the academic year 2023-2024:
Jennifer Hawthorn (Soprano) is a recent graduate of Royal Holloway University (BMus), where she held a Music Scholarship and sang in the University Chamber Choir and Chorus. Jennifer has also sung with Much Wenlock Parish Church Choir, RSCM Millenium Youth Choir and the Choir of St Alphege Church, Greenwich.
Francesca Corr (Alto) was a chorister at Wells Cathedral, and has sung with numerous choirs including the National Youth Choir and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Choir. She studied Music at the University of Bristol, where she was the recipient of the J H Fund for Music prize, which is awarded to the highest scoring final recitalist at the university.
Greg May (Tenor) is about to begin a Masters in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. A recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he sang for two years with the Choir of Clare College. A talented pianist, Greg enjoys working with young singers, recently working as a staff accompanist on a Rodolfus Choral Course.
Robert Nicholas (Bass) who is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he sang with the choirs of Fitzwilliam and Selwyn College. Whilst at Cambridge, he performed numerous solo roles in opera, operetta and musical theatre including Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart), Salieri in Mozart and Salieri (RimskyKorsakov) and Filiberto in Il Signor Bruschino (Rossini). Since graduating he has sung with St Edmund’s Schola, Vox Cantab, and the London Classical Choir.
Choral Scholarships last for one academic year (starting in the autumn) and are aimed at talented undergraduate or recent graduate students at conservatoires or universities, or young professionals looking to gain early career experience of music in a liturgical setting. This educational position teaches many of the important skills required to launch a career in music and provides high-quality performance opportunities through which Scholars can develop their skill and confidence. Choral Scholars are introduced to a wide range of choral repertoire, from Renaissance polyphony to 21st Century compositions, whilst improving their liturgical awareness. Choral Scholars are also encouraged to take an active role in the support and nurture of the volunteers singing alongside them. Choral Scholars will have the opportunity to perform in our thriving Pimlico Lunchtime Concerts series, and it is hoped that they will engage actively with additional commitments such as fundraising concerts and Come & Sing days.
For further details, including how to support this innovative programme, please get in touch.
Vicar: Fr Matthew Catterick
Director of Music: Yvette Murphy
St Saviour’s Church
St George's Square
London SW1V 3QW
t: 020 7834 9520
Charity Registration Number 1131373
Yvette Murphy: Director of Music
Yvette is a London-based conductor, organist, and mezzo-soprano. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Yvette read for a degree in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion, and held the Organ Scholarship at Selwyn College. During her time at Cambridge, Yvette was President of the prestigious Cambridge University Opera Society, Publicity and Fundraising Officer for Sing Inside, Cambridge (a charity bringing singing workshops into prisons), and Evensong Officer for the Minerva Festival (promoting the work of marginalised gender composers in choral music). Before arriving in Cambridge, Yvette held the Organ Scholarship at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, and was organist at the Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead.
A passionate educator, Yvette is currently Choral Director for the Diocese of Westminster, working to reinvigorate music education in Catholic primary schools, establishing regional choirs across the Diocese. She is also working as Courses Manager for Creative Oundle for Organists, helping to provide high-quality educational opportunities to young organists, and as Assistant Musical Director for Children’s Voices of Enfield. As a conductor, Yvette also works with Genesis Chorale, a non-auditioned choral society in West Byfleet, and is a regular conductor for St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus, Hackney.
Yvette is always keen to welcome new volunteers to the Choir of St Saviour's, Pimlico. If you are interested in joining the choir, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.