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Youth Choral Scholarship Scheme

Choral Scholarships are offered to people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are invited to apply on our online form.


Read about our past Choral Scholars and the experiences they had with Dyfed Choir.




What is Cor Dyfed Choir?

Cor Dyfed Choir was founded in 1967 and has earned a reputation as one of the major four-part choirs in Wales. The choir rehearses every Tuesday, in term time, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Bloomfield House Community Centre, Redstone Road, Narberth. The choir performs four or more concerts a year in various venues, including St Davids Cathedral. The choir has a wide choral repertoire that ranges from A Cappella pieces to large-scale works with orchestral accompaniment. Through our Youth Choral Scholarship Scheme (YCSS) Dyfed Choir is offering an exciting opportunity to young people who want singing to be an important part of their lives, either as an amateur or professional.



What does the scholarship offer?

• Free annual membership of a high standard choir, worth over £100.00.


• The experience of rehearsing and performing a wide choral repertoire under the baton of professional music directors.


•  Regular free tuition with qualified singing teachers.


•  A certificate to add to portfolios or a CV.


• The experience of joining a friendly, social and welcoming choir who have a passion for singing.


How do I apply?

We invite potential applicants to apply online (below) or via an application form which can be downloaded below and sent to the Choir Secretary, Hannah Jones, Bronant, Login, Whitland, Carms. SA34 0UX


Along with the completed application form will be a letter of  recommendation from the applicant's singing teacher.


What happens after the application process?


The applicant will then be invited to attend an interview and audition with the choir’s Music Director, Oliver Waterer.


If selected, then the applicant will sign a contract with the choir that runs for one Academic year. Please see contract below for choral scholar code of conduct and obligations set by the choir.


 Apply Now 


Past Choral Scholars

Georgia Gillespie Choral Scholar 2017 – 2018


Côr Dyfed Choir Youth Choral Scholar 2017 - 2018, Georgia Gillespie, pictured here with
Jane Hodges Choir Chair and Oliver Waterer Music Director.


I was very fortunate to be offered a choral scholarship by Côr Dyfed in September 2017. Since then I have performed both the Vierne and the Langlais Messe Solennelle, Surrexit a Mortuis by Widor and a successful charity Christmas carol concert in support of The Samaritans. Côr Dyfed has shown me tremendous support by not only giving me the great opportunity to sing incredible music, but by introducing me to my current singing teacher Rachel Hickman. I am currently working towards my grade 8 singing exam with Rachel and hope to further my career in music and one day perform and teach professionally as a soprano.


Ben Richards Choral Scholar 2016-2017



Being a choral scholar with the Dyfed Choir has been a fulfilling and challenging experience for me vocally. I joined the choir with the aim of expanding my repertoire into bigger choral works in preparation for my university studies, and I’ve very much enjoyed performing works such as Handel Messiah. This evening’s performance of Verdi Requiem will be a real highlight for me this year ( July 2017 ) Most of all however, I’ve enjoyed the company of other Dyfed Choir members, who have welcomed me with open arms and have supported me through my time in the choir. I really do feel like a member of the Dyfed Choir family.


Pictured: Valero Public Affairs Analyst William James (right) presenting a
cheque to Chair of Côr Dyfed Choir Sue Russill (left) and previous choral scholars
Scarlett Humphreys, Ceira Wood and Ben Richards.


 “This donation from Valero is a great help towards supporting our Youth Choral Scholarship, which offers young singers a chance to develop their skills and musical expertise, and we are incredibly appreciative.” - Sue Russill, Côr Dyfed Choir Chair 2016-17.


Choral Scholars Elinor Jenkins & Calum Daniels 2015



“Joining the Dyfed Choir as a Choral Scholar and singing brilliant new music has improved my sight reading. I have been singing bass instead of alto which has helped me develop my baritone range as I wouldn’t have had this experience without having the opportunity to sing with such a large choir.


I have enjoyed meeting new people and being part of what feels more like a family of singers than a choir. I would definitely recommend the Dyfed Choral Scholarship experience to anyone who wants to sing a wider range of music which needs bigger choirs.”


- Calum Daniels


Calum Daniels attended Ysgol Dewi Sant and was a Junior Choral Scholar at St Davids Cathedral. He was awarded a Choral Scholaships at Lincoln and Hereford Cathedral and now reading Vocal Studies at The Birmingham Conservatoire.


Pictured: Choral Scholar, Calum Daniels, receiving his certificate from Kathy Sleigh, July 2015


Pictured: Choral Scholar, Elinor Jenkins, receiving her Certificate from Kathy Sleigh, July 2015




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