In addition to its one-month placements (see here) the Trust also provides accommodation and access to Dr Anderson’s music room and library on a long-term basis to a student of classical music, usually for the duration of a degree programme. The Trust is only able to offer one such scholarship at a time and the current Scholar, for the 2021-22 academic year, is John Paul Jennings, a conductor who will be with us for the second year of his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music from September 2021.
John Paul was the holder, in 2020-21, of the Trust’s ‘special award’, which was established to provide support for a deserving student of the Royal College of Music (RCM) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the particular challenges faced by musicians whose performances and other essential activities had been cancelled.
Hailing from Southern California, John Paul is fast-emerging as a young conductor of note. He has conducted, among others, the North Czech Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Oberlin Opera Theatre, and held the position of Cover Conductor with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. In 2020-22 he is pursuing a Master of Performance in Conducting degree at the Royal College of Music.
In summer 2021 John Paul was awarded a bursary by the Trust to support his participation in the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition.
Previous Resident Music Scholars
During the academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21 the Trust’s Resident Music Scholar was David Hedley, an oboist who was with us for the duration of his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music. David’s studies were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic but he nonetheless graduated with distinction in summer 2021 and subsequently secured a scholarship to study for an Artist’s Diploma at Guildhall School of Music and Drama starting in autumn 2021.
David in the grounds of the Royal College of Music, July 2020
David grew up in Ashington, Northumberland and first began receiving oboe lessons at the age of 12. Four years later he was offered a full-time position in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band where he served for 6 years. Since leaving the Royal Marines, alongside his musical activities David has also spent a lot of time raising funds for several charities including NSPCC, Cancer Research and Marie Curie. In 2019 he graduated from Durham University where he read Music. He then moved to London to commence studies for his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Juliana Koch, Olivier Stankiewicz, Christine Pendrill and Fabien Thouand.
On 8 March 2020 David played principal oboe in a programme of Ravel and Saint- Saëns at the RCM conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, the current Director of Music at the Royal Opera House. The concert was live-streamed via the RCM website and David features prominently in the recordings which are available on Youtube:
In May 2021 David performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and one of these performances is also available online via YouTube:
Unfortunately, owing to the pandemic, it was impossible for the Trust to host its annual summer concert, at which the Resident Music Scholar would perform, in either 2020 or 2021. Deprived of this opportunity to play for friends and supporters David and the Trust decided to record a virtual concert, for broadcast online, and the result is available via YouTube and below:
You can follow David’s progress via his Instagram account here.
The Trust’s first Resident Music Scholar was Jack Wong, who lived at the Trust’s Kensington house while studying for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, from 2013 to 2019. Jack gave his final summer concert for the Trust in June 2019. The programme from the event which includes Jack’s tribute to the Founder who had personally invited him to stay at the house, is here.
Photo courtesy of lizislesphotography.com
Jack Wong was a friend of the Founder, Dr Anderson, and first came to the UK from Hong Kong to study music at Harrow School in 2011. He subsequently became a student of violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and will complete his undergraduate studies in 2017. Jack has been offered a place on the ‘Artist Masters – Performance (Repetiteur)’ programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama commencing autumn 2017, and will become the Trust’s first resident music scholar for the two-year duration of the course.
Jack is a pianist, violinist and conductor, and the founder of the Hornton Chamber Orchestra (HCO), named after Hornton Street, location of the Trust’s Kensington house, and the former home of the Founder. Jack and the HCO have given numerous performances to great acclaim, many of which can be viewed online including the following recital of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64:
Jack’s talents have also drawn the attention of the media, including most recently Classic FM (‘Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 played on four pianos is both nuts and amazing’).
You can keep up-to-date with Jack’s progress via his website: https://jackwong.uk/