Bath Abbey is delighted to announce that 18-year old Max Entwisle, a lay-clerk in the Abbey Choir, celebrates two major achievements this week. On Sunday 31 January 2021 it was the 10th anniversary of Max joining the Bath Abbey Choir, and last week he was offered a place to read Natural Sciences at Robinson College at the University of Cambridge from Autumn 2021. This world-leading course combines a range of subjects from across the scientific spectrum, and allows students to learn a broad range of material or specialise in a single subject as they progress.
Currently a student at King Edward’s Senior School in Bath, it was important for Max to study in a place of excellence which fuses his two loves, science and music. Max is also an accomplished trumpeter, a capable pianist and in addition to singing in the Abbey Choir, also enjoys performing a wide variety of music from pop and soul to orchestral works and choral music. Max is now applying to sing in one of the world-renowned College Choirs at the University of Cambridge, with auditions happening this month.
Max Entwisle said: “I’m very grateful to the Abbey for the amazing musical experience I’ve received during my time here. Bath Abbey is a very special place to me. I sang in the Boys’ Choir for five years, and have been fortunate to learn from the very best, first under the direction of Dr Peter King and then as a lay clerk under Huw Williams (the Abbey’s current Director of Music). I’ll never forget the day that Mr Bowers, (Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music Bath Abbey) offered me the position of lay clerk when I left as a boy chorister and am so grateful to him. For me, this really helped me to continue on in the world of choir singing – I’ve found that my early years’ experience in the Abbey Boys’ Choir was crucial to this next stage of singing a lower, but just as important, vocal part as an Abbey Lay-clerk.”
Huw Williams Director of Music said: “We are extremely proud of Max, who is a hardworking, motivated and talented member of the Abbey Choir. We have enjoyed seeing Max grow in confidence during his years at the Abbey and I know he will find his time at Cambridge exciting and fulfilling. I studied there almost 30 years ago and I know that the rich diversity of people and music he will encounter will motivate and inspire him. We wish him every success at Cambridge University, both in his studies and his singing, and look forward to welcoming him back and hearing about his experiences in Cambridge.”