Homerton appoints first ever Conducting Scholar

By Laura Kenworthy 1min read

Third-year student Frankie Richards (BA Education with Drama and English, 2019) has been appointed Homerton’s first Conducting Scholar. Frankie is also a choral scholar and sings with the Homerton Charter Choir, having previously sung with Berkshire County Choir and the National Youth Choir.

The scholarship, which is partially funded by the Douglas Coombes Foundation, will be granted on an annual basis. It aims to revitalise the College orchestra by ensuring that a conductor is always available, as well as increasing Homerton’s range of musical incentives for students from all educational backgrounds.

Homerton Director of Music, Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, said: “I’m delighted that Frankie has been appointed as Homerton’s first ever Conducting Scholar. I’m optimistic that having a Homerton-based conductor will encourage more Homerton instrumentalists to take part in the orchestra, and lead the orchestra to great things.”

This latest scholarship brings the range of music awards offered by Homerton to six, including an accompanist scholarship, organ and choral scholarships, and prizes for composition and performance. Homerton is also a member of the intercollegiate Instrumental Awards for Chamber Music Scheme, which provides some financial support for instrumentalists.

Frankie said: “I am so excited to become the first recipient of the Homerton College conducting scholarship, and cannot wait to perform with our wonderful College musicians. Conducting the Homerton orchestra will be a great honour and challenge. I look forward to promoting positive, inclusive and social performing spaces within Homerton and beyond, hopefully being a role model for other women and people of colour.”