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Choral Scholars & Accompanist

The Fulham Camerata is delighted to welcome back our tenor and soprano Choral Scholars and will soon introduce our new bass Choral Scholars for 2018-2019! We are delighted that Richard has stayed with us, providing exceptional rehearsal accompaniment as well as concert performances on piano and organ!

Tenor Choral Scholar: Alex Carpenter (2014 –  )

Alex Carpenter

Alex is a music graduate of King’s College London and Goldsmiths, University of London, and currently works as a freelance singer, conductor, teacher and accompanist. Involved in various singing groups at university, as a student Alex was also a semi-chorus member of The Bach Choir, with whom he sang in prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Alex is a Founder and Musical Director of chamber choir The Lyra Singers, and Company Musical Director of the New London Opera Group (newLOG), whose production of Patience achieved runner-up position in the 2018 International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate. An experienced stage performer, this year’s G&S Festival also saw Alex win the Best Male Voice award for his performance of Ralph in KCL G&S Society’s production of HMS Pinafore. Currently receiving singing tuition from Nicholas Clapton, Alex has performed as a soloist with The Bach Choir, OperaCoast, newLOG and Fulham Camerata. Alex is also a keen composer, with his setting of Edward Lear’s ‘The Duck and the Kangaroo’ for children’s choir performed at the Wandsworth Schools’ Music Mayor’s Gala Concert in 2017.

Alex is a music graduate of King’s College London and Goldsmiths, University of London, and currently works as a freelance singer, conductor, teacher and accompanist. Involved in various singing groups at university, as a student Alex was also a semi-chorus member of The Bach Choir, with whom he sang in prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Alex is a Founder and Musical Director of chamber choir The Lyra Singers, and Company Musical Director of the New London Opera Group (newLOG), whose production of Patience achieved runner-up position in the 2018 International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate. An experienced stage performer, this year’s G&S Festival also saw Alex win the Best Male Voice award for his performance of Ralph in KCL G&S Society’s production of HMS Pinafore. Currently receiving singing tuition from Nicholas Clapton, Alex has performed as a soloist with The Bach Choir, OperaCoast, newLOG and Fulham Camerata. Alex is also a keen composer, with his setting of Edward Lear’s ‘The Duck and the Kangaroo’ for children’s choir performed at the Wandsworth Schools’ Music Mayor’s Gala Concert in 2017.

Soprano Choral Scholar: Mary Fraser (2017 –  )

Mary FraserMary grew up in Glasgow, where she was a chorister at Paisley Abbey. She emigrated south to undertake a music degree at Kings College London, where she was also a choral scholar. As part of her studies, she was under the tutelage of professors from the Royal Academy of Music. Since completing her degree in 2016, Mary has sung with numerous groups such as The Scherzo Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and as part of a quartet for the Bishop of London’s annual dinner.  Having taken Putney as her London home, Mary was last year a choral scholar at All Saints Fulham and was the soprano soloist for a St John’s Passion with the amassed choirs of All Saints Fulham, St Luke’s Chelsea and St Martin in the Fields. Mary has also appeared a soloist at St John Smith Square and on the Exon Singers’ latest CD release.

Rehearsal Accompanist: Richard Gowers (2017 –  )

RS2661_Kings College Choir_organistsl_013 (2)Richard recently left King’s College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar from 2014 to 2017 and graduated with a starred first class degree in Music. Previously a chorister at King’s and music scholar at Eton College, he began learning the organ at the age of ten and became a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at seventeen. In 2013 he won the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. After receiving a generous bursary from the Nicholas Danby Trust, he spent a year studying with Stefan Engels at the Mendelssohn Conservatoire in Leipzig, where he explored a variety of historic instruments from the times of Bach and Mendelssohn.

Over the past three years at King’s, Richard has accompanied the renowned choir, taught the boy choristers and played for numerous concerts and recordings. Concert performances include the Aldeburgh Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Beijing National Performing Arts Center, Beneroya Hall in Seattle, the Chan Center in Vancouver and the BBC Proms. In 2016 he played for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which was broadcast worldwide to an estimated 140 million listeners. His playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Minnesota Public Radio, North German Radio and BBC Two and BBC Four Television.

A keen pianist and piano accompanist, Richard has participated on the Cambridge University Lieder Scheme, coached by Joseph Middleton. Recent performances include song cycles by Brahms, Mahler and Schumann and concertos by Mozart (K. 488) and Ravel (Piano Concerto in G). In September he will begin an MA in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music.

 

 

 

 

 

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