Scholarships and 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 2015 unless otherwise specified.


Aberdeen, St Andrew’s Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o

Deadline apply 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)

Gap yes

Contact Marcus Huxley 0121 262 1840,

Blackburn Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o

Gap students or recent post-grads

Contact Samuel Hudson 01254 277 442,

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 Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women 16+)

Gap yes

Trials by appointment

Contact Richard Jeffrey-Gray,

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 Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women 16+)
Gap yes
Trials by appointment
Contact Richard Jeffrey-Gray


Cambridge University (all colleges)

Scholarships c (boys – King’s & St John’s only – contact individual colleges), cs (men & women), o

Contact (c & cs) Daniel Trocmé-Latter; (o) Andrew Arthur

Cambridge, St John’s College

Scholarships c (boys)

Trials Mr Nethsingha is available to hear potential applicants all year round

Contact Juliet Francis 01223 760193,

Canterbury, Christ Church Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys)

Open days St Edmund’s School & Choir House

Gap yes

Contact David Flood 01227 865242

Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs & o

Gap yes

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 Veronica Stockdale, Music dept administrator, 01228 547916,

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, cs (for students at Derby and Nottingham universities), o

Trials Mar, or by arrangement with the director of music

Contact Hugh Morris 07760 766199,

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

Trials 9 Nov 2016

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 Roger Muttitt, 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 (c) Feb, May, Nov, (cs) all year round, (o) Feb

Contact Duncan Ferguson,

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

Scholarships c (boys years 3–8; girls years 9–13)

Gap sometimes

Deadline none, applications anytime

Contact (boys) Paul Trepte, (also for informal pre-trial); (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)

Contact (c) Mrs Lucy Lewis, Exeter Cathedral School, 01392 422763,,;

(cs) David Davies 01392 277521,


Glasgow University

Scholarships c, o

Contact Dr Katy Lavinia Cooper, 0141 330 2540,

Gloucester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), cs (alto, tenor, bass), o

Gap yes (cs, o)

Deadline Apply anytime

Trials (o) 4 Oct 2016, (cs) 7 Oct 2016, (c) 24 Feb 2017

Contact Helen Sims 01452 508212,

Guildford Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o

Contact Katherine Dienes-Williams 01483 547866,



Hampton Court Palace, Chapel Royal

Scholarships  c (boys), cs (a,t,b,b), o

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)

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)

Contact Christopher Johns 0116 261 5374,

Lichfield Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys and girls), cs (sixth form)

Contact Lesley Bannister, registrar at the Cathedral School 01543 306168,,

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o

Deadline please enquire

Contact David Poulter, director of music,  0151 702 7291,

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs, o

Chorister for a Day 12 Feb 2017 (boys), 25 Jun 2017 (girls)

Trials 4 Mar 2017 (boys), 11-12 Jul 2017 (girls)

Contact Sarah O’Keeffe (music administrator) 0151 708 7283,

Llandaff Cathedral

Scholarships c

Contact Richard Moorhouse 029 2057 5218,

London, All Saints Church, Fulham

Scholarships cs, o

Contact Organist and director of music, Jonathan Wikeley 07966 969746, (contact anytime for further information)

London, Dulwich College

Scholarships c (boys), o

Contact Mrs Mette Turner 020 8299 9258,

London, Royal Hospital, Chelsea

Scholarships The Royal Hospital Organ Scholarship £4,250 bursary and accommodation at low rent, age 18-27

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

Contact Tyrone Whiting,

London, St Paul’s Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), o

Chorister experience day 4 Oct 2016

Deadline (c) enquiries welcome throughout the year, (o) 19 Oct 2016

Contact (c) Angela Palotai, 0207236 6883,

London, St Paul’s Cathedral School

Scholarships c (boys)

Open day 4 Oct 2016

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 London

Scholarships cs (men & women), o

Contact Joseph Fort, 020 7848 2333,

London University, Royal Holloway

Scholarships c (men & women), o

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 (2017-18)

Chorister experience day 26 Nov 2016

Deadline enquiries welcome throughout the year; (o) Michaelmas Term 2016 (date tbc)


London, Westminster Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys 8-13), o

Open day please enquire

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); cs (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

Contact Kristina Bartlette, liturgy and music administrator 01603 218 306,

Nottingham, St Mary the Virgin

Scholarships cs

Contact John Keys, director of music,


Oxford, St Edward’s School

Scholarships Music scholarship (13+ and 16+)

Open days 2 main open days and a regular mini-open day per term

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), worth £8,000 pa

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 9282 3300 ext. 225,



Radley College

Scholarships c (boys, yrs 2-8; music scholarships yr 9), o (yr 12)

Deadline c anytime; music scholarships, o Jan 2017

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,

Rugby School

Scholarships cs (13+), o (16+)

Contact Richard Tanner, director of music, 01788 556207,


St Albans Cathedral

Scholarships o

Gap yes – pre-university, undergrads and postgrads considered. Bursary and fees of c. £13-14,000 pa and rent-free accom (s/c 1-bed flat)

Deadlines enquiries welcome Sep-Nov 2016 for Sep 2017

Contact Lizzie Smyth 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) 12 Jan 2017, (girls) 26 Jan 2017, (o) please enquire

Trials (boys) 21 Jan 2017, (girls) 4 Feb 2017, (o) 29 Sep 2016 (auditions)

Be a chorister for the day 12 Nov 2016 (boys & girls); deadline 3 Nov 2016

Voice trials workshop (boys & girls) 3 Dec 2016; deadline 24 Nov 2016

Contact (o) Dept of liturgy and music 01722 555125 or; (c) Kathy Davies, 07979 378926,

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

Contact Paul Hale 01636 817297,

Stowe School

Scholarships Music scholarship (ages 13 & 16)

Contact Admissions 01280 818323


Tewkesbury Abbey

Scholarships c (boys), cs (men), o

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), o

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 8 Oct 2016 & 14 Oct 2017

Deadline mid-Sep 2016

Trials ongoing

Contact music office 01749 674483

Winchester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls)

Choral Open Day (boys only), incl. Boy Chorister taster afternoon & Evensong 8 Oct 2016; (girls) 11 Feb 2017

Gap 1 place at The Pilgrims’ School

Trials (boys) 12 Nov 2016; (girls) 18 Mar 2017

Contact Sue Armstrong, choirs administrator 01962 857219,; Ali Dugdale, The Pilgrims’ School, 01962 854189,

Winchester College

Scholarships c, o

Quirister Open Day 8 Oct 2016

Quirister auditions 12 Nov 2016

Contact Malcolm Archer or Ali Dugdale at The Pilgrims’ School (for Quirister places only) 01962 854189,

Winchester, Pilgrims’ School

see Winchester Cathedral (above)

Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel

Scholarships c (boys, age 7-9), o

Contact (o) Chapter Office 01753 848888,; (c) Music administrator 01753 848797,

Worcester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (A, T, B)

Gap cs (pre- & post-university and students at University of Worcester)

Be a chorister for an afternoon 4 Mar 2017

Boy chorister open day 6 Nov 2016

Deadline c (boys) mid-Jan 2017; c (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 Robert Sharpe, director of music,