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Scholarships & voice trials

Guide to cathedrals, churches, universities and schools offering places for choristers, choral scholars and organists

Key: c = chorister, cs = choral scholar, o = organ scholar
Gap = offers opportunities for Gap year students">

All dates refer to 2014 unless otherwise specified.">

Quick links:


Aberdeen, St Andrew’s Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o
Deadline applications are received all year round.
Contact Andrew Morrisson, 01224 640119,


Bangor Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls; incl funding for instr & vocal tuition and exam fees), cs, o
Gap yes
Deadline none
Open morning (Sing with the Choristers) at regular intervals, apply for details
Auditions by appointment
Contact Paul Booth 01248 354015,

Birmingham Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (men & women), o
Gap yes
Contact Marcus Huxley 0121 262 1840,

Blackburn Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o
Gap students or recent post-grads
Deadline & Trials Spring 2015
Contact Linda Bruce 01254 503082,

Brighton College

Scholarships c, o (boys & girls)
Gap yes (post-grad)
Contact Sandy Chenery 01273 704341,

Bristol University / Bristol Cathedral / St Mary Redcliffe / St Paul’s, Clifton

Scholarships c, o
Contact Margaret Peirson or Megan Holmes 0117 331 4044,

Bristol, Clifton (RC) Cathedral

Scholarships c, o
Contact Richard Jeffrey-Gray 0117 974 1153


Cambridge University (all colleges)

Scholarships c (boys – King’s & St John’s only – Contact individual colleges), cs (men & women), o
Deadline 1 Sep 2014 (o); 15 Sep 2014 (for Preliminary Vocal Assessment Days), 15 Feb 2015 (Choral Trials, for academic offer holders only) (cs)
Trials late Sep 2013 (o), Mar 2015 (cs)
Contact (c & cs) Daniel Trocmé-Latter; (o) Andrew Arthur

Cambridge, St John’s College

Scholarships c (boys), cs (men), o
Deadline 1 Sep (o), 5 Sep (cs), all year (c)
Trials May & Oct (c), 4 Sep (cs), 1 Sep (o); but Mr Nethsingha is available to hear potential applicants all year round
Contact Juliet Francis 01223 760193,"

Canterbury, Christ Church Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), o
Open days St Edmund’s School 27 Sep 2014, Choir House 11 Oct 2014
Gap yes
Deadline (c) 5 Nov or any time by appointment, (o) 31 Oct
Trials (c) 8 Nov 2014 (o) Nov
Contact David Flood 01227 865242

Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs & o
Gap yes
Choir Open Day first Thursday of July, places arranged by appointment.
Trials by appointment at various points through the year
Contact Dominic Neville, 07727 138621,,

Carlisle Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (men)
Gap yes
Deadline none
Contact Jeremy Suter 01228 526646,

Chelmsford Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (incl juniors 15-18 yrs), o (incl juniors 15-18 yrs)
Gap yes
Deadline See website
Trials (o) Autumn, (c, cs) Spring or other times by appointment
Contact David Reynolds 01245 294498,

Cheltenham College

Scholarships c (11+, 13+, 16+), cs, o
Contact Director of music Gordon Busbridge 01242 265600,; (11+) Mrs Lucinda Roskilly 01242 522639,; (13+, 16+) Ms Annalouise McQuilkin 01242 265 662,

Cheltenham, Dean Close School

Scholarships c, o
Contact 01242 258070

Chester Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs
Deadline Auditions are available throughout the year
Contact Philip Rushforth 01244 500974,

Chichester Cathedral

Scholarships c, o
Trials throughout the year
Contact Paul Legrave 01243 812487,


Derby Cathedral

Scholarships c, o
Contact Peter Gould 01332 202231

Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral

Scholarships c (girls), cs, o
Contact Bernie Murphy +353 1 677 8099,

Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), o
Contact Stuart Nicholson, director of music +353 1 453 9472,

Durham Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs
Open morning 27 Sep 2014
Deadline 12 Feb 2015 (cs)
Trials (c) 5 Nov 2014; (cs) Mar 2015
Contact James Lancelot 0191 386 4766,

Durham University, St Chad’s College

Scholarships cs, o
Trials Auditions at the start of the academic year or by special arrangement
Contact Michael Haynes, director of music,


Edinburgh, Fettes College

Scholarships o
Contact Tracy Doig 0131 311 6706

Edinburgh, St Mary’s Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (male & female), o
Trials Feb, May, Nov (c), Dec (cs), Feb (o)
Contact Duncan Ferguson,

Ely Cathedral, in conjunction with King’s School, Ely

Scholarships c (boys years 4–8; girls years 9–13)
Be a chorister for the day 8 Nov 2014
Gap sometimes
Deadline none, applications anytime
Trials (boys) 10 Jan 2015, (girls) 7 Feb 2015
Contact (boys) Frances Ascroft-Walker, (girls)
Sarah MacDonald for informal pre-trial Admissions staff 01353 660702,,

Exeter Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys and girls), cs (men – through Exeter University or Gap)
Gap sometimes (cs)
Chorister open day (c) 29 Nov 2014
Deadline (c) 26 Jan 2015, (cs) 1 Mar 2015
Trials (c) 3 Feb 2015, (cs) auditions throughout year
Contact (c) Mrs Lucy Lewis, Exeter Cathedral School, 01392 422763,,; (cs) Andrew Millington 01392 277521,




Gloucester Cathedral

Scholarships cs (male alto, tenor, bass), c (boys), o
Gap yes (cs)
Deadline Apply anytime
Trials 23 Jan 2015 (c); 1 Oct 2014 (o); 3 Oct 2013 (cs)
Contact Helen Sims 01452 508212,

Guildford Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (men), o
Be a chorister for the day 27 Sep 2014, open to all boys aged 6-8 and girls aged 8-11
Deadline (boys) Oct/Nov; (o) Sep; (girls & cs) any time by appointment with Katherine Dienes-Williams
Contact Katherine Dienes-Williams 01483 547866,


Hampton Court Palace, Chapel Royal

Scholarships c (boys), cs (boys), o
Open day/Be a chorister for the day 6 Sep 2014
Deadline Apr 2015 (o)
Trials Oct 2014, or by appointment with Carl Jackson
Contact Carl Jackson 020 3166 6516,

Hampton School

Scholarships cs (in conjunction with the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace)
Contact Iain Donald, director of music 020 8783 4200,

Hereford Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), cs (c-t, t, b – one of each, lasting 1 year), o (annual)
Gap yes
Deadline none; enquire anytime
Contact Geraint Bowen 01432 374238,

Hexham Abbey

Scholarships c, o (Scholarships for sixth-formers, university students, and those on gap years; young men (a, t, b) for the Abbey Choir; and girls (s) for the Abbey Girls Choir)
Trials by arrangement with the director of music
Deadline please enquire
Contact Marcus Wibberley 01434 602031,








Lancing College

Scholarships cs (boys & girls age 13+/year 9), o (16+/year 12)
Open mornings 4 Oct 2014, 2 May 2015
Chorister day 5 May 2015
Deadline mid-Dec before year of entry
Contact Neil Cox 01273 465968,

Leeds (RC) Cathedral / Leeds University / Huddersfield University / Leeds College of Music

Scholarships cs (men & women, all voice parts), o (also available: schools choral scholarships)
Deadline none, but early in the year is advisable
Trials on application
Contact (cs) Peyee Chen, Diocese of Leeds Music Office; (o) Benjamin Saunders 0113 244 8634

Leeds Parish Church / Leeds University / Leeds College of Music

Scholarships c, o
Contact Simon Lindley 0113 255 6143, (mob) 07860 293591,

Leicester Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women), c (boys & girls)
Deadline 30 Sep 2014 (cs)
Trials (c) Mar, (cs) early Oct and other times by arrangement
Contact Christopher Johns 0116 261 5374,

Lichfield Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys and girls), cs (sixth form)
Be a chorister for the day (boys and girls) 10 Jan 2015; open days arranged individually with each family
Trials (boys) 23 Jan 2015, (girls) 30 Jan 2015
Contact Lesley Bannister, registrar at the Cathedral School 01543 306168,,

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o
Deadline please enquire
Contact Rosemary Barton 0151 708 8471,

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral / Liverpool Hope University

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs, o
Deadline none
Contact Director of music 0151 708 7283,

Llandaff Cathedral

Scholarships c
Contact Richard Moorhouse 029 2057 5218,

London, All Saints Church, Fulham

Scholarships cs, o
Deadline 15 Mar 2015
Contact Organist and director of music, Jonathan Wikeley 07966 969746, (Contact anytime for further information)

London, Dulwich College

Scholarships c, o
Contact Mrs Mette Turner 020 8299 9258,

London, Royal Hospital, Chelsea

Scholarships The Royal Hospital
Organ Scholarship £4,000 bursary and accommodation at low rent, age 18-27
Deadline 31 Jan 2015
Trials Feb/early Mar 2015
Contact William Vann, organist and director of music, 020 7881 5249,

London, St George’s (RC) Cathedral, Southwark

Scholarships c (boys & girls)
Deadline End of April.
Trials Annual Auditions for boys & girls take place during May.
Contact Norman Harper, director of music, 020 7928 5256,

London, St Mary’s Battersea

Scholarships cs (SATB), o
Deadline cs early 2015, for Sep 2015
Contact Tyrone Whiting

London, St Paul’s Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), o
Chorister experience day 14 Oct 2014
Deadline (c) none, (o) mid-Dec
Contact (c) Angela Palotai,

London, St Paul’s Cathedral School

Scholarships c (boys), cs
Open day 14 Oct 2014
Gap yes
Contact Clare Morgan 020 7248 5156,

London, Southwark Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o
Contact Peter Wright 020 7367 6703,

London, Temple Church

Scholarships c (boys)
Deadline none
Trials throughout the year
Contact Liz Clarke 020 7427 5650,

London University, King’s College

Scholarships cs (men & women), o
Deadline 31 Mar 2015
Trials 10 Jan to 31 Mar 2015
Contact David Trendell 020 7848 2600,

London University, Royal Holloway

Scholarships c (men & women), o
Open day 25 Oct 2014
Deadline 20 Feb 2015
Trials 6-7 Mar 2015
Contact Rupert Gough 01784 414970,

London, University of Greenwich

Scholarships c (David Fussey Choral Exhibition, available to any student already enrolled on a full-time course at the University of Greenwich)
Deadline 30 Sep each year
Contact Nicholas Jenkins 020 8331 9500,

London, Westminster Abbey

Scholarships c (boys), o
Deadline (c) none, (o) Jan 2015
Contact (c) Therese Gordon-Duffy 020 7654 4918, (o) Jane Good 020 7654 4854

London, Westminster Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys 8-13), o
Open day please enquire
Deadline 24 Nov 2014
Voice Trials Dec 2014
Contact Lucy Augar, registrar, choir school 020 7798 9081,


Manchester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o
Deadline none
Voice Trials by arrangement with the director of music
Contact Christopher Stokes 0161 833 2220


Newcastle, Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

Scholarships c (in partnership with Newcastle School for Boys, Gosforth, for boys entering Years 3 to 8, available for 2015/16); cs (Sep 2014, men and women a, t, b in full-time education, from £2,012 pa + fees and free singing tuition; 4 services per week); o
Contact Michael Stoddart 0191 232 1939,,

Norwich Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs
Chorister open day 20 Sep 2014
Contact Kristina Bartlette, liturgy and music administrator 01603 218 306,


Oxford, St Edward’s School

Scholarships Music scholarship (boys & girls)
Open days 1 per term (see website for details)
Deadline 17 Oct 2014 (16+ yrs), 12 Jan 2015 (13+ yrs)
Contact Registrar Sarah Munden 01865 319200, director of music Alex Tester,

Oxford University

Scholarships c
Contact Owen Rees 01865 279173

Oxford, Magdalen College

Scholarships c (boys 7-12 yrs, held at Magdalen College School), cs (undergrad), o (2 for undergrads)
Gap enquire
Deadline early September
Contact 01865 286701,


Portsmouth Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys 7-14 and girls11-18), cs (c-t, t, b), o
Gap yes (or while studying at the Universities of Portsmouth, Chichester or Southampton)
Deadline (c) Oct each year, (cs, o) Oct & Feb each year
Trials (c) by appointment, (cs, o) Nov & Mar each year
Contact Dr David Price 023 9289 2965,




Radley College

Scholarships c (boys, yrs 2-8; music Scholarships yr 9), o (yr 12)
Deadline c anytime; music Scholarships, o Jan 2015
Trials (c) termly
Contact Stephen Clarke 01235 543034

Ripon Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls)
Deadlines none; enquire anytime
Trials By appointment at any time
Contact Andrew Bryden 01765 603496,


St Albans Cathedral

Scholarships o (from Sep 2015)
Deadline Dec 2014
Trials early Jan 2015
Contact Gemma Saunders 01727 890245,

St Davids Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o
Gap undergrads & postgrads
Contact Oliver Waterer, 01437 720128

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), cs (sixth formers, male c-t, t, b), o
Gap yes (but no accommodation)
Open days none; get in touch to organise visit
Deadline none; enquire anytime
Trials By appointment
Contact James Thomas 01284 748739,

Salford, St John’s (RC) Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women)
Deadline none
Contact Martin Barry 0161 443 4104

Salisbury Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o
Deadline (boys) 15 Jan 2015, (girls) 29 Jan 2015, (o) 12 Sep 2014
Trials (boys) 24 Jan 2015, (girls) 7 Feb 2015, (o) 3 Oct 2014
Be a chorister for the day 15 Nov 2014 (boys & girls); Deadline 6 Nov 2014
Voice Trials Workshop (boys & girls) 6 Dec 2014; Deadline 27 Nov 2014
Contact Dept of liturgy and music 01722 555125,,

Sheffield Cathedral

Scholarships cs (a,t,b, normally with University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University), o
Deadline enquire anytime
Contact Neil Taylor 0114 263 6069,

Shrewsbury School

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o
Contact Kathryn Burningham, 01743 280583,

Southwell Cathedral

Scholarships o (details available early Sep 2014)
Deadline Sep 2014
Contact Paul Hale 01636 817297,

Stowe School

Scholarships Music scholarship (ages 13 & 16)
Deadline 17 Oct 2014 (age 16), 21 Nov 2014 (age 13)
Auditions 7 Nov 2014 (age 16), 26 Jan 2015 (age 13)
Contact Admissions 01280 818323


Tewkesbury Abbey

Scholarships c (boys), cs (men), o
Deadline Jan 2015
Contact Simon Bell 01242 258000,

Truro Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (a, t, b), o
Deadline as soon as possible
Contact Director of music 01872 245004,






Wakefield Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls)
Recruitment & Trials tests take place at any time of year, but the main recruitment time is May/Jun to Sep.
Contact Thomas Moore 01924 373923,

Warwick, St Mary’s Collegiate Church

Scholarships c (boys attending Warwick Junior and Senior Schools)
Deadline 31 Dec
Trials Jan, but Thomas Corns is available to hear potential choristers all year round
Contact Thomas Corns, 01926 403940,

Wells Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men), c (boys & girls), o
Be a chorister for the day 11 Oct 2014 & 10 Oct 2015
Deadline mid-Sep 2014
Trials ongoing
Contact music office 01749 674483

Winchester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o (from Sep 2015, Auditions during Lent term each year)
Open afternoon for potential choristers (boys 6-10 years) 11 Oct 2014; (girls) 7 Feb 2015
Gap 1 place at Pilgrims’ School
Deadline c (boys), Jan 2015; c (girls) 13 Mar 2015; o enquire anytime
Trials (boys 7-13) 15 Nov 2014; (girls 12-17) 14 Mar 2015
Contact Sue Armstrong, choirs administrator 01962 857219,; Ali Dugdale, Pilgrims’ School, 01962 854189,

Winchester College

Scholarships c, o
Contact Malcolm Archer 01962 860299

Winchester, Pilgrims’ School

see Winchester Cathedral (above)

Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel

Scholarships c (boys, age 7-9), o (for 2015-16, all applicants pre- or post-study welcome)
Deadline (o) 17 Sep 2014
Trials (o) 3 Oct 2014, (c) 28 Feb 2015
Be a chorister for the day 7 Feb 2015
Contact (o) Chapter Office 01753 848888,; (c) Music administrator 01753 848797,

Worcester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (T, B)
Gap cs (pre- & post-university and students at University of Worcester)
Children’s singing workshops (Be a chorister for an afternoon) 13 Sep 2014 and 7 Mar 2015
Boy chorister open event 18 Jan 2015
Deadline c (boys) 18 Jan 2015, (girls) enquire any time direct to Christopher Allsop; cs no Deadline
Contact (c girls) Christopher Allsop 01905 732917,; (c (boys) and cs) director of music, Dr Peter Nardone 01905 732916,

Wycliffe College

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (boys & girls)
Deadline please enquire
Contact Ed Jenkins 01453 820442




York Minster

Scholarships c (boys & girls, at Minster School), cs (a, t, b, normally with York Univ.)
Gap in special circumstances
Deadline enquire any time
Trials as advertised
Contact Hilary Reynolds,



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