Woodbridge School’s Nathaniel, currently in Year 13, is celebrating being awarded a Choral Scholarship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, one of only a handful of students this year to have done so.

Nathaniel, from Kesgrave, will be starting at Queens’ College in September 2021, to read Biological Natural Sciences, joining the world-renowned Chapel Choir on a Choral Scholarship under Ralph Allwood MBE, Fellow Commoner advising in Music at Queens’ College.

Nathaniel has been taking singing lessons at Woodbridge School since Year 7, although he has been part of a performing arts company from the age of six. His favourite choral pieces are mostly modern, such as those by Eric Whitacre, Rihards Dubra and Malin Gavelin. He also enjoys singing spirituals and carols and likes German Lieder by Brahms and Wolf, and English art song by composers like Quilter, Finzi and Dring.

Nathaniel says of his achievement: “Woodbridge School is what really started my singing journey as I had never had proper lessons before coming here, and all the various singing ensembles, such as Chamber Choir and Chorum, have helped me to gain the experience to join larger, national choirs, such as the National Youth Training Choir and Rodolfus Choir. Much of the credit must go to Miss Weston, my singing teacher, for all the hard work that she puts in.

“What I love most is singing in small groups and close harmony works as you can hear and feel the dissonances and extended chords in the music, which creates a lot of tension. We have also had the opportunity to perform in world-renowned venues, such as Snape Maltings, Ely Cathedral and Cologne Cathedral, which is amazing!

“Coincidentally, the director of the Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood MBE, is also the conductor of Queens’ College Chapel Choir, where I will be singing come October and I am so excited!”

Nathaniel is also thrilled to be going to Cambridge to study Biological Natural Sciences, which he describes as, “The perfect course for me, with ample laboratory time, interesting modules and the ability not to have to specialise until the third year because, as of yet, I still have little idea of what I want to study, ultimately, let alone pursue as a career.”

Emma Kent, Director of Music at Woodbridge School, said: “We are so proud and excited for Nathaniel. He is a credit to himself, his parents, Miss Weston and the music department. This is only the second time in my career that someone has achieved a Choral Scholarship to Cambridge and Nathaniel’s tremendous achievement is a real tribute to Miss Weston and her work with our choirs.”