The Becker Scholarship

Introduction

Thanks to the generosity of the late Past Master Basil Becker, we have been able, for a number of years, to award a scholarship to a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The Horners have now entered into a new agreement with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to provide a scholarship for a student attending their two year post-graduate opera course. There is no government grant or funding available for this course so students with limited financial means would not be able to attend without financial support. The recipient of this award is expected to perform for The Livery at agreed events.

2020 Scholar

Our Becker Scholar for 2020/21 is mezzo-soprano Amy Holyland from South Cumbria who was awarded a Master of Arts with Distinction in 2020 by the Royal Academy of Music and was also awarded a diploma (DipRAM), an institutional prize awarded to students for outstanding performance in final recital.

She says of her course “I am so thrilled to be a member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s opera course. I am especially excited to have the opportunity to be back studying and singing with the great teachers and fellow young artists in the midst of the current pandemic. My passion for studying opera comes from my desire to communicate with the audience and create an experience that can connect with people’s emotions. The way opera creates vivid emotion and fuses drama and music really appeals to me. The Guildhall’s commitment to creating an honest, engaging performance where the music is used to serve the drama is truly inspiring. “

A video of her signing was played at the virtual Cocktail and Charity Evening was enjoyed by all, and below is a still from that video. Amy hopes to be able to sing for us at the forthcoming virtual Carol Service and supper

Amy is performing in the Guildhall School 0f Music and Drama’s term’s Opera Scenes. Given the current situation the performances will be live-streamed on these dates: Thursday 26 November, Friday 27 November, Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December at 7PM. You can watch the performance by using the following link at the given dates and times https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/autumn_2020/opera_scenes/.