The Templar Scholars is a fresh British vocal ensemble dedicated to exploring Europe’s diverse heritage through choral music. Formed in 2013, we have been giving approximately three performances per year in venues including Southwark Cathedral, St. Martin In The Fields, Union Chapel and most recently in St. John’s Smith Square.
Our musical goals are to bring back to life music that has stopped being performed regularly by other groups, and to champion new music and performance projects which present well known music in a new light. In March we gave a recital in Southwark Cathedral which selected music from G.F. Handel’s oeuvre of Opera and Oratorio to illustrate the crucifixion story as told in Mark’s gospel. The St. Mark’s Passion used Handel’s music in an updated context, curated to complement the gospel story. The event was a great success and attracted an audience of almost 200 people.
Our next concert will co-incide with the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, on the 23rd April 2016. In line with the British Council’s Shakespeare 400 Celebrations, this concert will bring to light some of the lesser known settings of Shakespeare’s texts, as well as some which have become cornerstones of British choral repertoire.
The Templar Scholars aims to provide a platform for young singers who aspire to enter the world of professional ensemble singing. Our members are all beginning professional careers, and so far have sung with the BBC Singers, Tenebrae, Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort and the Sixteen. One key tenet of our group is the belief that young artists at postgraduate level should always be paid a fair wage for their work. We work hard to fundraise for each of our performances so that we can achieve this goal, and this determination has attracted the interest of a number of benevolent donors such as the Priory of the Poor Knights of Christ and EUK.