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Bursary Winner 2017

To mark its Golden Jubilee in 2007, Hereford Police Male Choir introduced a special Young Musicians Bursary of £850. This bursary is awarded annually to a promising young musician in either Herefordshire or Worcestershire to help develop a career in music.

The bursary, now £1000, is sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund (managed by the Herefordshire Community Foundation), which aims to encourage a love of music amongst young people.

Emily wins Bursary

Picture of Emily Rooke, winner of the Hereford Police Choir Bursary 2017

Emily Rooke

Winner of the 2017 Hereford Police Male Choir's Young Musicians' Bursary, worth £1000, is Emily Rooke, a 20-year-old soprano who was described by the adjudicators as ‘an outstanding candidate’.

Emily, from Pudleston near Leominster and a former student at Hereford Sixth Form College, is studying at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and plans to use the bursary to pay for extra coaching, to attend a schools music event in Scotland and to meet costs of auditions. She will be the guest soloist at the choir's Diamond Jubilee concert in Hereford Shirehall on June 17th.

The 2017 finalists:

Picture of the Hereford Police Choir bursary finalists 2017

(l to r) Natasja Enthoven, Emily Evans, Simon Pratt, Hope Pugh,
Eduards Toms Ceplenicks, Megan Jones and Emily Rooke


The bursary, sponsored by the Becket Bulmer Fund (managed by Herefordshire Community Foundation) was established by the Police Choir ten years ago to help young musicians like Emily develop a career in music.

The candidates taking part in the adjudications at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford were:

  • Natasja Enthoven, a pianist
  • Emily Evans, a pianist and soprano
  • Simon Pratt, a bass
  • Hope Pugh, mezzo-soprano
  • Eduards Toms Ceplenicks, a bass
  • Megan Jones, a flautist and soprano
  • Emily Rooke, a soprano

Choir Musical Director, Alison Houlbrooke, said:

“This year's group of candidates were outstanding and a credit to all young musicians in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, but Emily really did stand out and was a worthy winner of the bursary.”

Applications 2018

Applications for the Bursary are invited from young people aged 14 to 22 living in either Herefordshire or Worcestershire.

Full information here:
Bursary Information

Closing date: 31st March 2018

Please send full personal details, some information of your musical career to date and your aspirations for the future to
Musical Director Alison Houlbrooke