David Fussey Choral Exhibition Bursary 2022/23

The David Fussey Choral Exhibition Bursary is worth £1,000 per year for students who are selected to join the University of Greenwich Choir.

The bursary is awarded in memory of Dr David Fussey, the late Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, who greatly enjoyed singing in choirs.

It is available to all students who audition successfully to join the University of Greenwich Choir.

The bursary is worth £1,000 per year for up to three years. Winners will be expected to perform a number of duties.

University Choir

The University of Greenwich Choir is an 80-strong chorus made up of students, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Greenwich. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings during term-time on the Greenwich campus, and gives public performances throughout the year including at the University Carol Services and in large choralorchestral concerts as well as less formal settings.

The choir sings a wide variety of music including classical, folk, pop, jazz and musical theatre. There is no charge to join, and there are no formal auditions.

To sign up to the choir's mailing list please click here, and for more information please send an email to: choir@gre.ac.uk

David Fussey Choral Exhibition 2022/23

The David Fussey Choral Exhibition is a bursary worth £1,000 awarded in memory of Dr David Fussey, the late Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, who greatly enjoyed choral music. Up to five students are awarded a bursary each year and recipients are expected to take a leading role in the management of the University Choir, including organising events, maintaining the choir mailing list, organising stewards for concerts and setting equipment up for rehearsals. Applicants are expected to be strong singers and good team players. The deadline for applications is 2nd October, and auditions will be arranged following the application deadline. Please contact Olivia Shotton at o.shotton@greenwich.ac.uk for more information or visit the Bursaries pages of the university website. The application form can be downloaded here.

Next Performance

Informal performance, autumn


Carol Service

Tuesday 29th November, Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.

Rehearsal Dates

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the Queen Anne building, Greenwich Campus.

Rehearsal dates for the term are as follows:

September 26th, QA063

October 3rd, QA063

October 10th, QA063

October 17th, QA063

October 24th, venue TBC October 31st, venue TBC

November 7th, venue TBC

November 14th, venue TBC

November 21st, venue TBC

November 28th, venue TBC

December 5th, venue TBC

Music Team

Music Director: Olivia Shotton

Olivia is the newly appointed Choir Director at the University of Greenwich, conducting the University Choir and overseeing the University's Choral Exhibition programme. Olivia completed her MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music with distinction, receiving both a DipRam award for outstanding performance in her final recital and the Sir Thomas Armstrong Choral Leadership Prize. After her postgraduate studies, Olivia remained at the Academy as the 2021- 2022 Meaker Fellow, conducting a series of concerts of renaissance and baroque music by women from the Italian convents under the name The CONVENTional Project. During her fellowship, she was the Assistant Chorus Master, working alongside Simon Halsey in preparing the Academy Chorus for a performance of Mahler Symphony no. 3 conducted by Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall. Alongside the University of Greenwich Choir, Olivia is currently the Conductor of the University of London Chamber Choir, Victoria Children’s Choir (at Westminster Cathedral), Horsham Chamber Choir, and London Youth Choir West.

Guest Accompanist: Benjamin Newlove

Accompanist: James Orford

James Orford has recently completed two years as the Organist in Residence at Westminster Cathedral, having previously been the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, where he won many prizes, including the Duchess of Gloucester’s Award for Exemplary Studentship. For his final year, he was awarded one of the Academy’s prestigious Bicentenary Scholarships, which provided him with the opportunity to record his debut solo album, which was released in the summer of 2021 - his own complete transcription of Vivaldi’s L’estro Armonico. James enjoys a busy schedule as an organist and pianist, performing either as a soloist or accompanist, and has performed in a large number of notable venues in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the USA, and Nigeria. He is the accompanist for the Thames Philharmonic Choir and the London Choral Sinfonia, and has appeared on recordings and broadcasts with the choirs of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and King’s College, London.

Choral Exhibitioners 2022-23:

Madeleine Foyle


  • A choral exhibitioner must remain an active member of the choir,
  • You must attend all rehearsals and give support to the university's Music Director.

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