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The Boxettes aka Isabel Ehresmann (current student), Alyusha Chagrin (Jazz 2010), Yvette Riby-Williams (Jazz 2009), Neo Joshua (Jazz 2010)


Development. Her song Christmas Without You was shortlisted for the Notes for the Stage competition in 2008.


Tansy Davies (Composition 1998) Hanna Hipp (Opera 2009)


Hanna has been awarded a place on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House.


Shabaka Hutchings (Clarinet 2007)


Claire Rutter (Opera 1991)


In January, Rupert Christiansen wrote in The Telegraph that “Claire Rutter would win [his] vote as the most


underrated opera


The Boxettes were listed in The Guardian’s New Band of the Day column, with the citation: “an all-girl a cappella group who combine unison singing, solo vocalising and beatboxing to… breathtaking effect.


…They comprise Isabel Ehresmann – aka “Bellatrix”, the female world champion beatboxer – and three other girls capable of singing and creating various sounds and FX with their voices, including a low-end rumble that is well R&B or the type of distorted, wobbly bass you hear on grime and dubstep tracks.”


Pippa Cleary (Junior Guildhall 2004)


Pippa is currently under commission to David Pugh Ltd. to compose an original score for a new musical which she is working on with Jake Brunger. This will be the third musical they will have worked on together; the first two being Jet Set Go! and The Great British Soap Opera which were produced by Take Note Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 and 2009 respectively and then at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London in 2009.


This year Pippa received an MTM Judges Discretionary Award for Compositional


Tansy Davies has recently released her debut album, Troubairitz, on the Nonclassical label.


Georg Gädker (Voice 2008)


Georg received 2nd prize at the Sacred Music International Competition 2010 in Rome (Concorso Vocale Internazionale di Musica Sacra Roma), the only contest in the world dedicated to sacred music solo singers.


Julia Gomelskaya (Composition 1997)


In 2011 Julia was awarded the National Ukrainian B. Liatoshynsky Prize of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture for her symphony works, one of which was selected to be


performed at the ISCM World


Music Days, the biggest contemporary festival in Zagreb.


Julia has been Professor of Composition at the Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Music Academy (Ukraine) since 1998, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students, some of whom are winners of national and international composition prizes.


26-year-old clarinettist, saxophonist and composer, Shabaka Hutchings has been appointed to the BBC’s prestigious New Generation Artists Scheme which offers participants unique opportunities across Radio 3 to develop their considerable talents. These include concerts both from London (Wigmore Hall as well as LSO St. Luke’s) and the regions and nations, appearances and recordings with the BBC Orchestras, special studio recordings for Radio 3, and, last but not least, appearances at the Proms.


Jacqueline Hollings (Piano 1953)


Jacqueline has written a book based on her experiences as a child in World War II, including her entry into the school as a pupil of Orlando Morgan in 1940 and her journeys into Blackfriars during the Blitz aged 9.


Chris Richards (Clarinet 2002)


Chris is the latest Guildhall alum to be appointed as a principal at the London Symphony Orchestra. He is their new Principal Clarinet.


singer on the British scene today. Although she’s hardly out of work – this raven- haired 42-year-old soprano sustains a perfectly healthy career, regularly taking leading roles at ENO and enjoying international success in Bordeaux, Antwerp, Dallas, Miami and Sydney – one feels that a voice as gorgeously full and sumptuous as hers, capable of singing the grand Italian repertory (from Norma to Tosca, via all the Verdi heroines) with such effortless aplomb and elegant style, should be making its owner a big shining star with a recording contract and bookings at the Met and La Scala.”


Sasha Siem (Junior Guildhall 2002)


Sasha Siem has recently composed music for Ensemble FA, the Britten- Pears ensemble at the Aldeburgh festival; Mario Caroli; Anton Lukoszevieze, and London Musici. Current projects include a year-long project with the Genesis Foundation and the Royal Opera House in preparation for a work of music-theatre; a piece for the LSO as part of the Panufnik scheme; a song for the London Sinfonietta; and a commission from Caius Choir Cambridge to celebrate the university’s 800th anniversary. Sasha is an SPNM shortlisted composer.


Sasha is currently completing a PhD in Composition at Harvard and is also an exchange scholar at Columbia University.


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