Former Ellesmere College student and intern Scott Phillips landed the prestigious role of choir director at St Mark’s English Church in Florence.
Scott, 20, will remain there for a year, after which he will take his place at York University.
St Mark’s English Church is an Anglican church in Florence, a chaplaincy of the Church of England in the Diocese in Europe. It is a unique venue for weddings, opera, concerts, music and a wide range of artistic, literary and cultural events.
The church was closed for several months during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, which had such a devastating effect on Italy, and reopened for it’s first service on September 6.
Scott said: “I was a chorister at St David’s Cathedral for a number of years so the British choral tradition is in my blood. I also visited Italy on a choir tour with Ellesmere College.
“I saw the position advertised on Church Times, applied, had a phone interview in March then got offered the job and started on September 1 - I really love it out here.
“The position at St Mark’s is the most important role I’ve had to date, I head up the department, have two organists and the choir. It’s a great deal of responsibility but thoroughly enjoyable, and means I have needed to defer my place at York University until next year.
“I left Ellesmere College in July 2019 as a student but then went back as an intern and spent most of the last year working there - it was quite a strange thing to leave as a student and then go back as a member of staff.
“I was also the Organ Scholar at Shrewsbury Abbey from October last year through to this July. I like to think that I take every opportunity thrown at me to get as much experience under my belt as I can.
“During the last year I got the chance to do classroom teaching with students and now I’m running a department, so see all that side of things as well as working with people of all ages and abilities.
“St Mark’s is a lovely church and has a capacity of about 400 when absolutely packed. It’s a pre-Raphaelite building and the building the church is in was built in the 15th Century so has incredible architecture."