"I had to work hard to meet the standards and I was hugely inspired by working at such close proximity with such splendid musicians. Since then, I have formed my own period ensemble."
"I had very high expectations – in the last twelve months, they have been surpassed. I was honoured to receive personal tuition from John Eliot that covered vocal techniques, stylistic awareness, language coaching, and recital preparation. We were never made to feel as though we were merely "the Apprentices" – all of us felt integral to the success of any given project."
"The scheme helped me a lot in controlling my performances, both with the group and in solo appearances, and in being more confident and reliable on stage. The relationship with my mentor continued even after rehearsals, tours or concerts. Some of us have been able to get coaching sessions and singing lessons for free as part of the scheme, a sign of great generosity, commitment and professionalism from such mentors. "
"I very much enjoyed the fact that we were, from the start, integrated with the Choir and expected to perform at the same level as the Choir. The pre-project coaching sessions were useful to get to know the repertoire and to get a feel for the 'house style' for any given work, so that we felt well prepared going into full rehearsals."
"People have taken an interest in me, not only as a singer and performer but also as a person, and this is uplifting and encouraging. I was truly inspired by the professionalism but also the personal connections I have made."