Kathryn Rudge

Kathryn Rudge performing on stage

North West

Education Bursary

Kathryn is a 24 year old opera singer from Liverpool. She was awarded an Education Bursary in 2007 to help her complete her vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

Whilst at the RNCM Kathryn performed in a variety of principal opera roles including Erika, (Barber's Vanessa), Carmen (Bizet's Carmen), and Helene (Offenbach's La Belle Helene). Her concert appearances include performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors Carl Davis CBE, and Vasily Petrenko.

I'm so proud to have been awarded the BBC Performing Arts Fund bursary.


She has also won numerous national awards. In 2011 alone, she was awarded the WCOM audience Prince's Prize, the intercollegiate Joaninha Prize, a Susan Chilcott Scholarship and she will also become a Samling Scholar.

Having just completed her training, Kathryn has recently joined the English National Opera's Young Singer's programme and will make her professional opera debut with ENO during their 2011/2012 season in the role of Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

In the meantime she has a packed performance schedule with recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Jacqueline Du Pre Music Room, Chester and Spitalfields Music Festivals, and a Bridgewater Hall concert with Conductor Yan Pascal.

Kathryn says, "I'm just literally entering the professional world now and I've got concerts planned across the country... so it's a really exciting time. I'm so proud to have been awarded the BBC Performing Arts Fund bursary because it gave me the boost I needed to carry on through college with the feeling that it's going to be support along the way".

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George Humphreys

George is a bass-baritone singer. He was awarded an Education Bursary in 2005 which helped to support him through his training at the Royal Academy of Music. As a chorister with Christ Church Cathedral and a singer with St John's College, Cambridge, George has toured the world and made numerous recordings. He also went on a tour to Palestine, visiting Jerusalem, Ramallah and Nablus, working with local groups and children's choirs.


Richard O'Flynn

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Claire Groom

Claire was awarded an Education Bursary in 2005. In 2008 she took part in a year long tour of Europe singing the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Diva Opera. She also had the chance to sing with Jose Carreras for a second time in a charity opera gala in London, and performed a solo showcase debut recital at the London home of Robert Boas. The specially invited audience consisted of agents, casting directors and opera company representatives.

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