Organ & Choral Scholarships

The Cathedral Singers offers an organ scholarship and four choral scholarships, aimed at talented sixth-formers from local schools.

For organists, there is the opportunity to work alongside our Organist during services, and share playing duties with them, learning the repertoire, accompanimental practices, and all the skills necessary in 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.

For singers there is one scholarship in each voice-part: Soprano, Alto/Countertenor, Tenor, and Bass. The scholarships each carry an honorarium of £200 per annum. Once appointed, we hope that scholars will sing with the group as much as is reasonable, especially at weekend services. When it is singing, the choir usually rehearses at 5pm for Evensong at 6pm, with an additional Sung Eucharist on Sunday mornings, for which the timings are 10am rehearsal for the 11am service.

Benefits include: singing to a high standard alongside experienced choral singers, and under the experienced direction of our conductor; getting to know a great deal of music, as well as improving sight-reading skills; expenses paid for trips and tours.

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.

How to Apply

Details of how to apply will be given here when applications open. The Scholarships usually run October-July, with post-holders attending as much as possible during that time.

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