Former Bradford Cathedral Choral Scholar embraces exciting new opportunities in 2021

Henry Strutt was a Choral Scholar at Bradford Cathedral from the summer of 2016 for a year, before he headed to study at the University of York. He has been recently successful in securing a place on the ‘Genesis Sixteen’ training scheme, a programme for young singers run by The Sixteen, as well as starting as a Lay Clerk at New College, Oxford.

We caught up with him just before Christmas to find out more about these new opportunities, and his time at Bradford Cathedral.

Henry Strutt

“It was a really useful time for me. I got a lot out of it that I wasn’t expecting,” he said of his year in the choir. “Not only was it good musically for me, but I gained lots of useful life skills. It also helped my organisation!”

Henry found out about the programme through other students participating in the training scheme.

“I thought – I want to have a go at this! – so I auditioned. I had to send in a video, as it was just as we were going into lockdown in March.

“Being successful was great news at such a difficult time for music, with performances being cancelled. It was something to look forward to.

“We’re about to have our first course in January, in Magdalen College, Oxford. It’s definitely a good start to a brand-new year.”

The programme usually runs from August, with a fresh intake each year, but has changed this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This year’s programme, which is residential, is planned to run from April 2021 until January next year, government guidance depending.

“There are four courses, two one-week long, and the others three days, and are training in close-harmony singing.”

Alongside ‘Genesis Sixteen’, the position of Lay Clerk at New College, Oxford is another exciting new development for Henry in 2021, a seven-month position starting January.

“After having such a successful and happy time at Bradford Cathedral I knew it would be something I’d be happy doing again, after I’ve graduated.”

In September Henry is heading to The Royal Northern College of Music to study a Masters in ‘Vocal Performance’. “I’ve just accepted a scholarship to go there, so I’m really excited about that.”

Henry’s future ambition is to go into vocal performance. “I’m not sure yet if I want to do that in solo repertoire or ensemble singing, but I’m hoping to discover that during the course. I may also explore some opera, as the RNCM has a very good opera department!”

We wish Henry all the best for all these new ventures in 2021 and look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

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