Music student wins new Savile Club scholarship

Vocal student William Davies has won a Savile Club scholarship for 2012-13, enabling the talented tenor to enrol as an MMus student at Trinity Laban. This generous scholarship is brand new, with the primary aim of supporting and promoting excellence in music.

Previously a Choral Scholar at Hatfield College, Durham, and part of the Durham Cathedral Consort, William is now a Trinity Laban Choral Scholar at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.

William has already quite a breadth of experience as a solo performer in both concert and liturgical settings, in works including Haydn's The Creation, Schütz's Auferstehungshistorie, and Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor. He has also performed major roles in productions of operas including Die Fledermaus, Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea. In October he played the role of Monsieur in the world premiere of Malcolm Arnold's The Dancing Master.

William's musicality is evident in his 12 years of orchestral experience, including two years as principal cellist of Harrow Young Musicians; his experience as jazz bassist of Durham University Big Band; and as bassist and vocalist with London-based alternative pop band Towma. He is also on the executive of Holst Singers and London Youth Opera.

Chairman of the Savile Club, Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson, said: "In the Savile Club tradition of encouraging and supporting young artists and scientists, we are delighted to have set up this new scholarship, to help at a time when educational funding in these fields from other sources has become much more difficult.  William is a very worthy first scholar in this scheme, both as a musician and as a personality".

Head of Trinity Laban's Vocal Department, Linda Hirst, said: "William is a tenor of real ability. He is musical through and through, and sings very well already. The Savile Club Scholarship will allow William to study in an environment where he can have opportunities to improve and consolidate."

William said he had little idea five years ago that singing would come to figure so largely in his life: "What started as a cautious experiment has blossomed into a passion and, I hope, a career. In the last five years I have thrown myself into all aspects of vocal performance, and now feel ready to take it further with postgraduate study."

In addition to his usual performance schedule, William will also perform at the Savile Club a number of times during the year, including the Club's St Cecilia's Day Members' Concert in November.

The Savile Club was established in 1868 by a distinguished group of men interested in intelligent discussion, especially of the arts and sciences, in relaxed and convivial company; this has remained its ethos.  Its home since 1927 has been a 19th Century town house in Mayfair, whose notably beautiful fin de siècle decor has recently been refurbished.  The Club supports the arts and sciences by frequent cultural events, and by helping those who are starting out in these fields.  It has a long-standing informal relationship with Trinity Laban.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK's only conservatoire of music and dance. Its innovative course provision, exciting performances and groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of elite and creative artistic practice. The unequalled expertise and experience of Trinity Laban staff and world class facilities are housed in landmark buildings in Greenwich and Deptford, enabling the organisation to foster the musicians, dancers and artistic leaders of the future, enriching Britain's vibrant cultural life and its creative industries which are vital to a balanced, diverse economy.

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