Choral Scholarships

The HeartEdge Manchester Choral Scholarships 2021-22 are a new initiative of stimulating and educative choral training based in the heart of Manchester at St Ann’s Church. The scheme is aimed at choral singers wishing to embark on a professional career in singing. The Choral Scholarships provide an opportunity for nine singers to enjoy an intensive, focused period of development alongside others of a similar standard and interests whilst contributing to a thriving tradition of musical excellence in the city centre parish of St Ann’s Church.

The Choral Scholarships are part of a collaborative project between the Diocese of Manchester and the St Martin-in-the-Fields HeartEdge Network. The main focus of the scholarship will be regular services at St Ann’s on Saturdays during term-time, as well as musical activities at Sacred Trinity Salford and the Hub Church of Ascension, Hulme.

The Choral Scholarship programme is overseen by Andrew Earis, Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, working with a range of guest conductors and expert choral workshop leaders.

The Choral Scholars with Jamie Wright (Member of The Swingle Singers and co-founder of the Stay At Home Choir)
Choral Scholars with Robert Hollingworth (Director of vocal ensemble, I Fagiolini)

HeartEdge Manchester Choral Scholars 2021-22

We’re very excited to welcome our first cohort of Choral Scholars. Hear the Choral Scholars at Great Sacred Music every Saturday at 4pm during term time.

Isabelle Palmer (Soprano)

Born in Worcester, Isabelle held a Choral Scholarship at Royal Holloway, University of London before graduating with a First Class Honours in 2019. She was a member of the 2019-20 Genesis Sixteen cohort, and is now attending the University of York as part of the MA Music Solo Voice Ensemble Singing course. 

Molly O’Toole (Soprano)

Molly O’Toole is a Soprano from Sheffield. Molly held a Music Scholarship while studying History at the University of Birmingham and has sung with ensembles including the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Birmingham University Singers, Lunds Akademiska Kor, Sweden, and St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh. She is a member of the Genesis Sixteen 2020-21 cohort. 

Helen Southernwood (Soprano)

Helen Southernwood is a soprano from Cumbria. After attending Chetham’s School of Music, she went on to study Music at the University of York in 2018. During this time she has performed with ensembles including the 24 with Robert Hollingworth, Chimera Contemporary Music ensemble, Kantos Chamber Choir and the Charles Wood Festival Singers. Having returned from a year-long internship in Belgium, Helen will be going into her final year at the University of York. 

Florence Price (Alto)

Florence Price recently graduated from The University of Manchester, where she directed and sang in various ensembles, and now works as a freelance singer, conductor and violinist. She was a finalist in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition and has performed with various choirs, including Kantos Chamber Choir and The Rodolfus Choir.

Phoebe Watts (Alto)

Phoebe Watts is an MMus student from Dover, Kent, studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the tutelage of Andrew Heggie. She is the recipient of the Eunice Pettigrew Award for Mezzo-Sopranos, and has recently performed in Leeds Opera Festival with Northern Opera. Past engagements include Deal Festival of the Arts and Dorset Opera Festival, as well as RNCM productions of Theodora, Street Scene and Cosi fan Tutte. 

Andrew Morton (Tenor)

Andrew Morton is a second year Music and French student at the University of Manchester. Originally from London, he has performed with many ensembles such as the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. He held a choral scholarship with St George’s Church, Beckenham in his last year of sixth form, and was a member of Ad Solem in his first year of university. 

Joseph Taylor (Tenor)

Joseph was first exposed to music at Morland Choristers Camp. He then began singing on the back row at Bradford Cathedral before joining Chetham’s School of Music for sixth form. He will be going into his second year at The RNCM and has ambitions to be a professional singer and conductor. 

Adam Jarman (Bass)

Originally from Kent, Adam Jarman is currently studying for an MMus at the RNCM. Prior to this Adam completed a BMus at Royal Holloway, University of London (2015-2018) where he sang in the College Chapel Choir. Since then he has worked as a Lay Clerk at Rochester Cathedral as well as being a Voces8 scholar and participating in the  St Martin’s Voices Fellowship programme. 

Harry Mobbs (Bass)

Harry, 19, is a baritone from Kent. Harry began singing as a chorister at Tonbridge School, and later joined the school as a music scholar. Harry has recently completed a gap year Choral Scholarship at Portsmouth Cathedral, and is about to start a music degree at the University of Manchester. 

If you are interested in applying for next year’s Choral Scholarship, please email Ailsa Campbell, HeartEdge Manchester Choral Scholarships Coordinator, at and we will email you when applications open.