Dean Close is delighted to announce that Sixth Former, Stephen Whitford, has been awarded a Choral Scholarship in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge – arguably the most famous and most recorded choir in the world. King’s College is renowned for its Christmas broadcasts of Nine Lessons and Carols on BBC radio and television. The choir is a springboard for internationally famous singers and Stephen joins a long line of distinguished former pupils over many years from Dean Close who have been awarded Choral and Organ Scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge.

Stephen is already in demand as a bass soloist and ensemble singer. He is a member of the elite Rodolfus Choir, conducted by Ralph Allwood, MBE, former Director of Music at Eton College and amongst his other many professional engagements has been invited to sing with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Festival Hall and at the BBC Proms. He has already given solo recitals and sung the bass solos in the St Matthew Passion and other choral works. Stephen has been offered a place to study Classics (Latin and Greek) and hopes to fulfil his ambition one day to be an opera singer.