Please note that due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the trustees have decided that there will be no scholarship competition this year, but please check our website for updates.

Sir Teddy Taylor

The trustees were saddened to learn of the passing of the late Sir Teddy Taylor who was our patron for many years. He was always so supportive of our charity and of the competitors, appreciated their talent and recognised the benefit of the scholarship to the winners. He was always attended the competition and fundraising concert and gave warm, heartfelt closing speeches. We are truly grateful for his support over the years.

Classical Singing Scholarship Competition

The Freda Parry Scholarship Fund holds an annual singing competition before a public audience in Southend-on-Sea, Essex every September.

Singing students, who are resident in the county of Essex, compete for a cash prize of £1500.


Educated in Chichester, Vanessa won a Choral Scholarship to London University (Royal Holloway College) where she read music. On graduating she went on to further her singingstudies at the Guildhall School of Music andDrama where she was awarded an Heilbut Scholarship.

On leaving the Guildhall she became a pupil of Erich Vietheer, received coaching from Geoffrey Parsons and Peter Gellhorn and took part in Master Classes with Sir Peter Pears and Peter Gellhorn.

She subsequently won the Greater London Arts Young Musician Competition which led to her Purcell Room debut.

Her career has encompassed opera, oratorio, and recitals in Britain, Europe and Americasinging in major concert halls, opera housesand cathedrals, on radio, tv and a video for United Artists.

She has taught and given masterclasses alongside her singing career as well as being an ABRSM examiner for twenty years and adjudicating at festivals and competitions.

She still enjoys giving recitals with her accompanist husband Roger Crocker and is currently head of vocal studies at St Catherine’s School in Bramley, Guildford.

** Applications are now open for the 2019 Scholarship – please see the Apply page **

Fundraising Concert

The Freda Parry Scholarship Fund holds an annual fundraising concert in the spring celebrating the previous year’s Scholarship winner and other local musical talents. This year the Scholarship prize money has been increased to £1500.
Our 2018 winner was Rebecca Silverman!