We provide scholarships and fellowships to talented students of the Royal College of Music (RCM), and the Purcell School, and fund an annual memorial concert at the RCM for our founders Peter Mills and Rod Williams.
Samuel's recent operatic experience includes The Younger Gentleman in Exposition of a Picture by Stephen Oliver for Buxton Festival, Aeneas (RAO), Zareskty/Captain in Eugene Onegin (RAO), L'horloge comtoise/Le chat in L'enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican. Other operatic experience includes Masino in La vera costanza (RAO), Nardo (cover) in La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind (cover) in Rimksy-Korsakov’s Kaschei the Deathless, and Commercial/Legal Councillors (covers) in Intermezzo all for Buxton Festival Opera.
Samuel is also an experienced oratorio soloist and recitalist. He is supported by the Mills Williams Award and the Norman McCann Prize.Open website
Maksim Štšura is a London-based Estonian pianist and composer who has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in prestigious venues including the Cadogan Hall, Elgar Room, St James Piccadilly Church and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has been studying at the Royal College of Music for a Master of Music degree and on the Artist Diploma course with Gordon Fergus-Thompson.
He previously graduated with distinction from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he worked with Ivari Ilja. Maksim has been a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for the academic year 2013-14, pursuing successful projects such as ‘Symphonic Piano’ and ‘Background Music Matters’.Open website
Born in Britain in 1982, Charlotte studied at Birmingham Conservatoire under Joe Cutler and the Royal College of Music with Mark Anthony Turnage. In 2008 she was awarded a Fellowship to study at the Tanglewood Music Center with John Harbison, Michael Gandolﬁ, Shulamit Ran and Augusta Read Thomas. She was winner of the Lili Boulanger Prize 2014 and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2010.Open website
Named “a very special talent” by Murray Perahia, London-based Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin is an accomplished musician with a unique artistic vision.
A prize-winner in numerous international competitions, Konstantin completed his Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in 2009 on a full scholarship studying with Vanessa Latarche. He then went on to take the Artist Diploma, in addition to being nominated as the Mills Williams Junior Fellow and receiving their gold medal.Open website
Luis has appeared with some of the most distinguished orchestras in Venezuela, including the Caracas Symphony Orchestra and Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra.
In the UK, he recently performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as giving numerous recitals over the past years at venues such as St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Bolivar Hall.Open website
Anna has given concerts in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Forbidden City concert Hall in Beijing and at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada. With her sister Sophie she performs in the Cashell Duo and they are currently represented by Music Network Ireland.
Anna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas.Open website
Gabriella has always been a passionate advocate of contemporary music and has worked closely with and commissioned leading Composers. She has recorded all the chamber music of Hugh Wood for Toccata Classics which was released to critical acclaim in 2009.
Gabriella was invited to perform at Helmut Lachenmann’s 75th birthday celebrations at the Berlin Konzert Haus where she worked closely with the composer on his work Pression. She has also collaborated with the artist Idris Khan on his first video installation ‘After Bach..A Memory’.Open website
Ruth has performed across Europe and in the USA, Asia, and Australia including with conductors Yutaka Sado, Andre de Ridder, Vasily Petrenko, Carlo Rizzi, and directing Academy of St. Martin in the Fields from the violin.
She has featured in radio and television BBC documentaries about Shostakovich, and appears as protagonist in a film about Stradivari, In Search of the Messiah, screened on networks worldwide (including Australia, Israel, USA, UK), in addition to international broadcasts of her performances.Open website
Elizabeth was recently a guest soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor at the Cork Opera House and subsequently at the National Concert Hall Dublin for a concert which was broadcast live for the RTE Radio 1 show Sunday Miscellany.
Elizabeth has made several CD recordings : most recently she gave the world premiere recording of Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov's The Spell III for solo violin and live electronics on Louth Contemporary Music's CD entitled Path which was critically acclaimed.Open website
Alba has studied with Carlota Garriga at the Marshall Academy, where she also received masterclasses from Alicia de Larrocha. During this period she had the opportunity to play music by contemporary Spanish composers such as X. Montsalvatge. One year later she received a scholarship to study with Dimitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia.
Following an audition with Vladimir Ashkenazy in Berlin, she was offered his tutorship and he arranged for her to study with Irina Zaritskaya at the Purcell School in London and later at the Royal College of Music.Open website
Rachel's previous operatic engagements include Tatyana/Eugene Onegin, Senta /Der fliegende Holländer for Scottish Opera and acclaimed performances as Brunhilde in Longborough Opera’s 2013 Ring Cycle. Recent and future operatic engagements include Leonore/Fidelio in Bergen, Guinevere/Gawain for the BBC Symphony, Lady Macbeth for NI Opera, Eva / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Isolde / Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Opera.
She is also in demand as a concert artist and has worked with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Bochum Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, CBSO, Colorado Symphony, the Hallé, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, RSNO and the Royal Philharmonic.Open website
Alexandra Wood is fast establishing herself as one of the most dynamic, versatile violinists of her generation. She has given recitals for various international festivals including Brighton, Bath, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Newbury, King’s Lynn, Deal, Windsor and Edinburgh, as well as appearing in prestigious venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Kings Place and in the BBC Proms.
Alexandra graduated with a starred double first from Selwyn College, Cambridge before going on to the Royal College of Music in London, where she was President Emerita Scholar and studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky.Open website
Damian is also a specialist in contemporary music. He has premiered over thirty new works as well as performing opera and concert repertoire by established composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir and John Adams with appearances at the Aldeburgh, Orkney, Presteigne and Huddersfield Festivals, working with specialist contemporary ensembles Psappha, the Paragon Ensemble and new opera specialists Tête à Tête and The Opera Group.
In concert, Damian has performed all the major oratorio works with a wide span of repertoire, from the Bach Passions and Monteverdi Vespers to Orff’s Carmina Burana and Walton’sBelshazzar’s Feast, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and King’s College, Cambridge.Open website
Sarah Thurlow was born in Bromley, Kent and joined the Royal College of Music in 1992. She held an RCM Exhibition and graduated with First Class Honours, winning a Constant and Kit Lambert Scholarship. Sarah continued at the RCM as a postgraduate, thanks to awards from the Countess of Munster Trust and the KPMG Martin Trust. The Mills Williams Junior Fellowship enabled her to study in Italy with Hans Deinzer, and in London with Andrew Marriner. She now works as a busy freelance orchestral clarinettist, performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.Open website
“It was a great privilege to be one of the first holders of the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship. Receiving the award came at a crucial time as I was preparing to leave the comfortable world of education and setting out on the challenging road of building a career in the music business.
“The financial support enabled me to concentrate on gaining performing experience, building my repertoire and entering competitions, which in turn led to many exciting engagements all over the world. The opportunity to coach singers and chamber music groups at College was also invaluable.”Open website
Paul Robinson’s engagements have included recitals in the Isle of Man, Huddersfield, Winchester as well as performances of Schubert’s Schwanengesang in Tel Aviv and Cambridge.
He has performed George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Harmoniemasse conducted by David Hill, a recital of Goethe settings for the Goethe Institut in Glasgow, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolae and Schubert’s Magnificat with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall and a recital with Simon Over at St John’s Smith Square of Chopin, Glinka and Fernanco Sor.Open website