Time at Whitgift School may be drawing to a close for talented singer and musician, Hugo Herman-Wilson, but there are exciting musical prospects on the horizon for the Sixth Form pupil. As a select few, the member of the Whitgift Senior Chamber Choir, will be joining the historical ranks of the Gloucester Cathedral Choir on a Choral Scholarship during his gap year.
The cathedral’s modern day choir is the successor to the boys and monks who first sang daily worship almost 1,000 years ago and consists of up to 20 full and probationary choristers, nine lay clerks and just three choral scholars. The choir participates each year in Europe’s longest established music festival, the Three Choirs Festival.
Hugo has also been awarded a Choral Scholarship at King’s College Cambridge where he will attend following his gap year. The choir of King’s College was founded in the fifteenth century and exists primarily to sing the daily services in King’s College Chapel though its reputation leads to invitations to perform throughout the world.
Hugo, a school prefect, has been an active member of the Whitgift drama scene at Whitgift for many years and has appeared recently in leading roles in the hugely popular adaptions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Doctor Faustus. He is also a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and plays the double bass in the School’s symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra.
The professional music world is full of ex King’s choral scholars so no doubt we will hear more of Hugo in the future.