The scholarship is administered by the Incorporated Association of Organists.
Details of the scholarship and trust can be found here.
Esther was Organ Scholar at University College, Oxford, where she read Music. As well as studying for a M.Mus degree in Choral Conducting at The Royal Academy of Music, Esther is currently Director of Music at Christ Church, Epsom Common; Editor of the Royal School of Church Music's journal "Church Music Quarterly", Assistant Conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and a founder member of the vocal trio "Vox Angelica". She also directs The Esterhazy Singers.
The presentation was made by the I.A.O. President, Catherine Ennis, and the I.A.O. Council.
Chris is a physicist who is Director of Music at his local church. Despite not having formal musical qualifications, he has achieved commendable results. The award is made to allow Chris to attend the Intemediate Course of the Association of British Choral Directors.
Simon is a promising church musician who aspires to a cathedral music directorship. The award is made to help towards his studies at the Royal College of Music.
Thomas is organ scholar at a church in the north-east. He has already worked with a few choirs, and the award is made to help fund training and the exam for the Choir Masters' Diploma.
Update Oct 2010. Thomas is now an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge, where he is reading Music and is active as an organist, composer and conductor. Recent conducting engagements have included Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem with Collegium Vocale; Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music with the Choral Scholars and Orchestra of Clare College; and orchestral works by Elgar, Sibelius, and Janacek. He is currently researching dissertations on Palestrina and Duruflé, and hopes to continue to postgraduate studies. (- Thanks for this, Thomas!)
Hilary is a promising musician who already has an impressive C.V. She is a singer, choral conductor/trainer and composer, and has conducted the BBC Singers in a Master Class. The award is made to help her fund her studies in choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and her composition.
The presentation of the award to Hilary was made at the Service of Thanksgiving for Stanley's life and music in Peterborough Cathedral by the Dean of Peterborough.
If any scholar would like to send in an update, I would be very pleased to include his/her news on this page!
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