Call for Applications 

Update: July 2018 - applications still being received for tenors.

Chorus 2015 10

The SCO Chorus
is an elite group of up to 70 singers from all walks of life. The Chorus was formed to perform with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and covers repertoire from baroque to the present day. Inspired by the worldclass performances of the SCO, it has established a reputation as one of the UK’s finest orchestral choruses.

The Young Singers’ Programme
aims to nurture and develop aspiring young singers. The Young Singers’ Programme is aimed at musicians with a high level of singing/choral experience and ambitions to further their singing with a world-class ensemble.

We are looking for young people who would like to develop their musicianship and choral singing in concerts of international standard. Places on the programme are for one season (rehearsals beginning May 2018), but members can re-audition each year.

Benefits of the Programme
Young Singers will receive all the standard benefits of being a member of the SCO Chorus, including free membership, free music, half-price SCO concert tickets, 10% off SCO recordings and regular vocal and language coaching.

Additionally, Young Singers will receive coaching from Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer and our Vocal Coach Patricia MacMahon.

There may be opportunities to take part in masterclasses from international soloists visiting the Orchestra, and in occasional special events.

Those selected for the Programme will receive a bursary of £120 per project. The bursary is intended to help support their ongoing development and the cost of singing lessons. Payments will be made retrospectively, in instalments.

In return, we ask Young Singers to commit to at least four of the five projects scheduled in the 2018-19 Season. An attendance level of at least 80% is expected for scheduled rehearsals, and 100% in the week of the concert(s).

Concert weeks / performance dates

w/b 8 October 2018 : EDINBURGH, GLASGOW (11, 12)
HANDEL Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons). Conductor Bernard Labadie.

w/b 26 November 2018 : EDINBURGH, GLASGOW (29, 30)
MENDELSSOHN Die Erste Walpurgisnacht; Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music
Conductor: Laurence Equilbey

w/b 17 December 2018 : EDINBURGH (20)
SCO CHORUS A Cappella Christmas Concert. Conductor: Gregory Batsleer

w/b 18 February 2019 : EDINBURGH, GLASGOW (21, 22)
MACMILLAN Seven Last Words from the Cross. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan

w/b 6 May 2019 : EDINBURGH, GLASGOW (9, 10)
FAURÉ Requiem. Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine.

The Young Singers’ Programme brings benefits both to the Chorus and the students themselves. The Chorus benefits from a regular injection of talented young singers who bring a sheen and flexibility to the sound, and in turn YSP members benefit from opportunities to take part in world-class performances, as well as from coaching and financial help to support their continuing vocal development. Joining the Chorus is also an opportunity to develop contacts both in the classical music field and more widely. Occasionally we are able to offer solo opportunities to Young Singers, particularly in a cappella programmes:

“Climaxing in a transportingly beautiful account of Balulalow [sung by Georgie Malcolm, Choral Scholar 2016] this was a performance [of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols] worthy of comparison with that of any professional choir I’ve heard.” Seen & Heard International, 16/12/2016

How to Apply
Selection will be by audition. Applications are invited from singers meeting the eligibility criteria:

  • aged 18-23

and one of the following:

  • who are still in further education
  • who are studying privately with a view to becoming professional singers

Application Deadline and Audition Dates
Please download and complete the application form, and send it to Tammo Schuelke ( by 31 March 2018. You will be invited to attend an audition on Sat 14 / Sun 15 April, or Sat 2 / Sun 3 June.

Audition Panel
Gregory Batsleer (SCO Chorus Director), Dr Patricia MacMahon (Vocal Coach), Stuart Hope* (Associate Chorus Master) – *June only


YSP 2018/19 Information

YSP 2018/19 Application Form