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BBC National Chorus of Wales Scholarship Bursary (2016)
Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Bursary Award (2016)
Funtington Music Group Bursary (2015)
1st Prize University of Chichester Aria Antique Song Prize (2016)
1st Prize University of Chichester Sondheim Song Competition (2015)
1st Prize University of Chichester Tosti Italian Song Prize (2015)
1st Prize Winner of the Robert Headley Music Prize, Funtington Music (2015)
We have decided to give our very first Cooper Hall Emerging Artist Award to 22 year old soprano, Erin Alexander. This bursary is discretionary and will only be awarded when we discover someone who shows exceptional promise, and who we feel would really benefit from our support. Erin has just graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Chichester University and is about to embark on her post graduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tuition of Gail Pearson. “Erin’s audition was outstanding, I was impressed with the beautiful quality of her voice and the authenticity of her performance”, explains Morag. “We are exploring as many ways in which we can support Erin’s personal development as an artist through education and performance opportunities.” Moving forward, all proceeds from our annual St Cecilia’s Day event will go into the bursary fund and we look forward to Erin spending more time working and performing at Cooper Hall. (2016)
April University Showcase Concert - Erin carries off the First Prize! The twelfth annual University Student Showcase concert on 15th April demonstrated how many versatile and talented musicians were now studying for degrees in Chichester. For this event, over 30 aspiring applicants were auditioned for six places to perform before the discerning FMG audience, augmented by parents and student friends in the gallery. Adjudicator Charles Harrison, Chichester Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster, had a most difficult task in selecting the winning order but all agreed that his summing up was masterly, insightful and most helpful to the performers in shaping their future careers on the platform. Winner of the top prize of £500, soprano Erin Alexander, gave a most polished and varied presentation of works by Dvorak, Chabrier and Puccini which delighted the audience and impressed the adjudicator. (2015)
22 year old soprano Erin has just finished her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the tuition of Mr Ian Baar, and received a First Class Honours degree. During her studies, Erin won the prestigious Funtington Music Group Robert Headley Music Award, her University's Tosti Song Competition, and Italian Art Song Competition. Erin was delighted to be selected to become the first ever recipient of the Cooper Hall Emerging Artists Bursary Award, and has now chosen to study a Master of Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for her under the tuition of Gail Pearson.
Throughout her Undergraduate degree, Erin has been a much sought after soloist and has performed in venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Buxton Opera House, Chichester Cathedral, Arundel Cathedral, Goodwood House and Chichester Assembly Rooms where she was invited at the last minute to stand in for Catherine Bott performing Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with William Purefoy. In the last three years Erin has also toured Budapest, Switzerland, Austria, Guernsey, and Rome where she sang in the Vatican. On her most recent tour of Romania, Erin sang at the Queen's 90th birthday party at the British Embassy.
Operatically, Erin has relished the opportunities to study lots of different roles. Most recently, she explored the role of ‘Zerlina’ in Don Giovanni at Cooper Hall under the direction of Assistant Director at Royal Opera House, Greg Eldridge, who described her as "A real spark on stage’. She has also played the roles of ‘Fiordiligi’ in Cosi Fan Tutte at the National Opera Studio, ‘Micaela’ in Carmen and ‘2nd Lady’ in Die Zauberflote for the British Youth Opera and University of Chichester. She also took part in the chorus of Beethoven's Fidelio and Verdi's Aida for Dorset Opera.
Classical Music is not the only string to Erin's bow however, as she has a real passion for Music Theatre. After winning the University of Chichester's Sondheim Song Competition, she went on to represent the University in London in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award. She has played ‘Julie Jordan’ in Carousel, ‘Cinderella’ in Into the Woods, ‘Maria VonTrapp’ in The Sound of Music and ‘Christine Daae’ in The Phantom of the Opera. Erin's voice features on a new recording of Maltby and Shire's Song Cycle Starting Here, Starting Now which was musically directed and arranged by Julian Kelly. She has also worked alongside Julian on a Music Theatre Revue show, collaborating with Garth Bardsley and students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.
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