The Fulham Camerata is delighted to welcome back our tenor Choral Scholar and introduce our new bass and soprano Choral Scholars for 2017/2018 as well as a new rehearsal accompanist!
Tenor Choral Scholar: Alex Carpenter
A graduate of King’s College London, studying piano under Nadav Hertzka at the Royal Academy of Music, Alex recently completed his MA in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. Having completed an Eton Choral Course under Ralph Allwood in 2010, he is also a member of the Bach Choir, with whom he has sung in many prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace, as well as undertaking CD and film soundtrack recordings. Alex is also a keen musical director, conducting shows with KCL Gilbert and Sullivan Society, whose Yeomen of the Guard was performed at the 2013 International G&S Festival in Buxton, and most recently with the New London Opera Group.
Bass Choral Scholar: Will Brockman (2017- )
Will Brockman is a music graduate from Bristol University, specialising in musicology and composition. At university, he was a member of the University Singers, Bristol Madrigal Ensemble and a co-founder of the Berwick Consort. He is a member of the Rodolfus choir, directed by Ralph Allwood, with whom he has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London and on BBC Radio 3. He was also a choral scholar at Clifton Cathedral, and is taught by Angela Hickey. He is now a choral scholar at St Mary of the Angels, Bayswater and Fulham Camerata.
He conducted Britten’s Turn of the Screw in May with Bristol University Operatic Society. He also conducted Mozart’s Requiem at St. George’s Bristol and in Barcelona with the Bristol University Chamber Choir, as well as four other concerts, with programmes ranging from Renaissance Polyphony to contemporary compositions. In June 2017, he sang Don Alfonso’s part in LoveOpera’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and in December 2017 he will be performing the role of Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Will is also a composer, who has had works performed in Britain and France, including a performance of ‘On a Fine Morning’ by the Lansdown Consort directed by David Bednall at the Langlais Festival in Brittany in August 2017.
Soprano Choral Scholar: Mary Fraser (2017 – )
Mary 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 – )
Richard has just 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.