The Music Scholars programme at St James’s started in the Autumn of 2021. Their musical talents and creativity will enhance the music of our services until the end of July 2022.
‘My name is Emilia Bertolini and I am a soprano from Australia. I moved to London in August 2021 to commence a Masters of Arts (vocal performance) at the Royal Academy of Music. I hold a Bachelor of Music with first-class honours and diplomas in French and Italian from the University of Melbourne.
In my last two years in Australia, I was fortunate to be selected as a young artist with Melba Opera Trust, an organisation that gave me the skills and the guidance to make this significant step in pursuing my singing here in the UK. I grew up singing in choirs and playing the violin, and have always loved the collaborative process of making, and sharing music. I wanted to come to St James’s due to the church’s vibrant musical life, and warm and inclusive community. I am excited by the range of musical genres that I will be able to explore as a Singing Scholar.
I love the traditional works of Bach, Handel and Purcell, though I am also passionate about new works, and I have been very fortunate to have grown up singing lots of contemporary works and world premieres in my years as a chorister. I hope to have a musical career that involves an eclectic mix of genres including opera, baroque, chamber music, and new works. I hope to continue learning, discovering, and sharing my love for music wherever my career takes me, and I am delighted to be continuing my journey at St James’s Piccadilly.’