Organ & Choral Scholarships

NOTE: Due to ongoing uncertainties, the scheme may not run this year. We will update this page when more information is available

The choir is offering an Organ Scholarship and four Choral Scholarships (SATB) for the academic year 2020-21, offering the chance to play or sing at a high level and gain valuable experience in choral music. These are aimed at sixth-form students or those on pre-university gap years.

Information leaflet available to download here: [coming soon]

Scholars sing and play under the direction of our experienced Director and alongside members of the choir, gaining familiarity with the whole range of Anglican repertoire, and improving sight-reading and other musical skills. The scholarships are therefore invaluable preparation for those pursuing Choral or Organ Awards at University.

ORGAN SCHOLAR

Organ Scholars assist and observe Simon Hogan, the Organist to the Cathedral Singers, as well as accompanying the choir and playing voluntaries. In doing so, they benefit from close tuition and guidance, and have the experience of playing the Cathedral’s two instruments during services. In sharing playing duties, they learn the repertoire, gain insight into accompanimental practices, and work on all the skills necessary for a cathedral organist.

It is therefore invaluable preparation for a University Organ Scholarship, and previous holders have gone on to hold scholarships including St John’s College, Cambridge, and Oriel College, Oxford. The scholarship carries an honorarium of £300 per annum, during which time it is hoped the scholar will attend as much as possible.

CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Choral Scholars (one in each voice-part) sing with the choir, take solos, and develop repertoire, musical awareness, and ensemble singing skills.

The scholarship is invaluable preparation for those considering applying for university choral scholarships, and would therefore suit sixth-formers or those embarking on pre-university gap years. Former scholars have gone on to choral awards at King’s College, Cambridge, and further study at Royal Northern College of Music. The scholarships each carry an honorarium of £200 per annum. Once appointed, we hope that scholars will sing with the group as much as possible, especially at weekend services.

VISITS & TOURS

In addition to the honorarium, scholars are offered subsidised or free travel and accommodation for the choir’s cathedral visits and tours (usually one or two a year).

DUTIES

Scholars are expected to be present as much as possible whenever the choir is in session. Additionally, they should be present on certain Sundays for afternoon workshops.

When it is in session, the choir sings for the 6pm Evensong, and additionally at the 11am Eucharist on Sundays, with rehearsals an hour before (an hour and a quarter at weekends).

The choir sings principally in the school holidays – early September, the three half-terms, a couple of weeks in early January and April, and much of July – as well as occasional services within school terms.

Scholarships are usually held for the academic year September-July, during which time it is expected that scholars participate as much as possible.

HOW TO APPLY

[to be updated when applications open, early June]

If you have any questions about the scheme, or if you’re wondering whether you might be suitable, please get in touch: conductor@cathedralsingers.org.uk