Choral Scholars 2023/2024

HCS support four choral scholars per season, typically one per voice part. Their role is to support their relevant voice part and the MD during rehearsals and occasionally take step-out solos during performances. The scholars for 2023/2024 have been appointed and will be announced shortly.

Susanna Farrell

Susanna Farrell | Soprano

I joined Hertford Choral Society during the 2022/23 season as a keen amateur singer having recently graduated from the University of Sheffield. Growing up in Poole, Dorset, I was a member of the Bournemouth Symphony, and had sung with a number of other local choirs in Dorset. 

During my studies, I was a member of the Sheffield University Chamber Choir, in which I spent my final year as alto section leader. Since 2019, I have been singing as a soprano. I was delighted to join the choir as a soprano choral scholar and am thoroughly enjoying immersing myself in the singing and wider life and activities of this friendly and active choir.

Antonio Oliveira

Antonio Oliveira | Bass

I am a singer, choral leader and teacher from London. I was a founding member of the youth choir Inner Voices in 2011 and went on to study music at the University of Hull. I have performed with the London Youth Choirs, University of Hull Chapel Choir, BBC Proms Youth Choir, Thomas Tallis Society Choir, Vocal Shack, the London Handel Festival and the Vox Urbane.

I am passionate about providing opportunities for quality music-making and singing to young people, especially those from diverse areas. I do this through my work with the London Youth Choirs, the Ark Academies and Southwark Music Service. I am  coming towards the end of a year-long fellowship programme with the National Youth Choir, so am excited to be a bass HCS Choral Scholar for 2023/24 and the next chapter in my career which will give me the experience of working and singing with a well renowned choral society. I believe music and singing should be enjoyable for people of all ages and walks of life, so am excited to share this passion with HCS. 

When not singing, I enjoy going to the gym, swimming, travelling, and supporting up-and-coming artists and bands at their live gigs and concerts. I can often be seen going to and from rehearsals on my motorcycle and I hope to get a motorcycle cat carrier so my cat can come along with me!

Henry Liu

Henry Liu | Bass

Hello! My name is Henry and I am a third year student at the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield. I was born and bred in Brighton and went on to be a chorister at Winchester Cathedral. I continued my passion for music making at secondary school as a music scholar by being part of various choirs and orchestras. Singing with the University of London Chamber Choir and as a choral scholar at St Cuthbert’s in Earls Court has allowed me to further develop my interest in choral music.

I am greatly excited for the coming year ahead with Hertford Choral Society as a bass Choral Scholar and look forward to performing some big choral works with a like-minded group of people!

Aside from singing, I am a keen pianist. I love most things animal-related (not surprising as I am a vet student) and can often be found with my nose in a good book.

Rebecca German | Alto

I began my vocal education at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, attending as a first study singer with Marilyn Rees. I read music at University College, Oxford, holding choral scholarships with the choir of The Queen’s College and the Magdalen Consort of voices. 

In recent years, I have gained a great deal of experience both conducting and singing in choirs across London and East Anglia. In September I will take up the role of teacher of music at a grammar  school in North London. Alongside this, I am really looking forward to commencing as alto choral scholar with Hertford Choral Society and helping facilitate music making in the local area! 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time walking and swimming in the sea on the North Norfolk coast.