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.

A

Aberdeen, St Andrew’s Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o

Deadline apply all year round.

Contact Andrew Morrisson, 01224 640119, cathedral@aberdeen.anglican.org

www.cathedral.aberdeen.anglican.org

B

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, music@bangorcathedral.org.uk

www.bangorcathedral.org.uk

Birmingham Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (men & women)

Gap yes

Contact Marcus Huxley 0121 262 1840, music@birminghamcathedral.com

www.birminghamcathedral.com

Blackburn Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o

Gap students or recent post-grads

Contact Samuel Hudson 01254 277 442, samuel.hudson@blackburncathedral.co.uk

www.blackburncathedral.com

Brighton College

Scholarships c, o (boys & girls)

Gap yes (post-grad)

Contact Sandy Chenery 01273 704341, schenery@brightoncollege.net

www.brightoncollege.net

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

Scholarships c, o

Contact Margaret Peirson or Megan Holmes 0117 331 4044, music-resources@bristol.ac.uk

www.bris.ac.uk/music/scholarships

Bristol, Clifton Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women 16+)

Gap yes

Trials by appointment

Contact Richard Jeffrey-Gray, music@cliftondiocese.com

www.cliftonms.com/cathedralchoir

Brighton College

Scholarships c, o (boys & girls)
Gap yes (post-grad)
Contact Sandy Chenery 01273 704341, schenery@brightoncollege.net
www.brightoncollege.net

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

Scholarships c, o
Contact Margaret Peirson or Megan Holmes 0117 331 4044, music-resources@bristol.ac.uk
www.bris.ac.uk/music/scholarships

 

Bristol, Clifton Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women 16+)
Gap yes
Trials by appointment
Contact Richard Jeffrey-Gray music@cliftondiocese.com
www.cliftonms.com/cathedralchoir

C

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 dt267@cam.ac.uk; (o) Andrew Arthur aa373@cam.ac.uk

www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/
undergraduate/musicawards

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, j.francis@joh.cam.ac.uk

www.sjcchoir.co.uk

Canterbury, Christ Church Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys)

Open days St Edmund’s School & Choir House

Gap yes

Contact David Flood 01227 865242

www.canterbury-cathedral.org/worship/choir

Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs & o

Gap yes

Trials by appointment at various points through the year

Contact Dominic Neville, 07727 138621, dominicneville@cantab.net, dpnmetropolitan@gmail.com

www.cardiffcathedralchoir.org

Carlisle Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (men)

Gap yes

Deadline none

Contact Veronica Stockdale, Music dept administrator, 01228 547916, musicadmin@carlislecathedral.org.uk

www.carlislecathedral.org.uk

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, music@chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk

www.chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk

Cheltenham College

Scholarships c (11+, 13+, 16+), cs, o

Contact Director of music, Gordon Busbridge 01242 265600, busbridge.gordon@cheltenhamcollege.org; (11+) Mrs Lucinda Roskilly 01242 522639, l.roskilly@cheltenhamcollege.org; (13+, 16+) Ms Annalouise McQuilkin 01242 265 662, registrar@cheltenhamcollege.org

www.cheltenhamcollege.org

Cheltenham, Dean Close School

Scholarships c, o

Contact 01242 258070

www.deanclose.org.uk

Chester Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs

Deadline Auditions are available throughout the year

Contact Philip Rushforth 01244 500974, philip.rushforth@chestercathedral.com

www.chestercathedralchoir.co.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Scholarships c, o

Trials throughout the year

Contact Paul Legrave 01243 812487, liturgymusic@chichestercathedral.org.uk

www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

D

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, hugh@derbycathedral.org

www.derbycathedral.org

Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral

Scholarships c (girls), cs, o
Contact Bernie Murphy +353 1 677 8099, bernie.murphy@cccdub.ie
www.christchurchdublin.ie

Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys), o

Contact Stuart Nicholson, director of music +353 1 453 9472, organist@stpatrickscathedral.ie

www.stpatrickscathedral.ie

Durham Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs

Trials 9 Nov 2016

Contact James Lancelot 0191 386 4766, music@durhamcathedral.co.uk

www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

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, r.muttitt@durhamschool.co.uk

www.durham.ac.uk/chads/choir

E

Edinburgh, Fettes College

Scholarships o

Contact Tracy Doig 0131 311 6706

www.fettes.com

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, music@cathedral.net

www.cathedral.net

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, p.trepte@elycathedral.org (also for informal pre-trial); (girls) Sarah MacDonald sarahmacdonald@kingsely.org for informal pre-trial; Admissions staff 01353 660702,admissions@kings-ely.cambs.sch.uk

www.elycathedral.org,
www.kingsschoolely.co.uk

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, l.lewis@exetercs.org,
www.exetercs.org;

(cs) David Davies 01392 277521 music@exeter-cathedral.org.uk,

www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

G

Glasgow University

Scholarships c, o

Contact Dr Katy Lavinia Cooper, 0141 330 2540, Kathryn.cooper@glasgow.ac.uk

www.chapelchoir.org

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, helen@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Guildford Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o

Contact Katherine Dienes-Williams 01483 547866, katherine@guildford-cathedral.org

www.guildford-cathedral.org

 

H

Hampton Court Palace, Chapel Royal

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

Contact Carl Jackson 020 3166 6516, music@chapelroyal.org

www.chapelroyal.org

Hampton School

Scholarships cs (in conjunction with the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace)

Contact Iain Donald, director of music 020 8783 4200, music@hamptonschool.org.uk

www.hamptonschool.org.uk

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, organist@herefordcathedral.org

www.herefordcathedral.org

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, directorofmusic@hexhamabbey.org.uk

www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

L

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, dnc@lancing.org.uk

www.lancingcollege.co.uk

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, office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk; (o) Benjamin Saunders 0113 244 8634

www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk

Leeds Parish Church / Leeds University / Leeds College of Music

Scholarships c, o

Contact Simon Lindley 0113 255 6143, (mob) 07860 293591, choir@leedsparishchurch.com

www.leedsparishchurch.org.uk

Leicester Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women), c (boys & girls)

Contact Christopher Johns 0116 261 5374, chris.johns@leccofe.org

http://leicestercathedral.org

Lichfield Cathedral

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

Contact Lesley Bannister, registrar at the Cathedral School 01543 306168, lesley.bannister@lichfieldcathedralschool.com

www.lichfield-cathedral.org,

www.lichfieldcathedralschool.com

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o

Deadline please enquire

Contact David Poulter, director of music,  0151 702 7291, david.poulter@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

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, music@metcathedral.org.uk

www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

Llandaff Cathedral

Scholarships c

Contact Richard Moorhouse 029 2057 5218, rm1971@btinternet.com

www.llandaffcathedral.org.uk

London, All Saints Church, Fulham

Scholarships cs, o

Contact Organist and director of music, Jonathan Wikeley 07966 969746, jonathanwikeley@gmail.com (contact anytime for further information)

www.allsaints-fulham.org.uk

London, Dulwich College

Scholarships c (boys), o

Contact Mrs Mette Turner 020 8299 9258, turnerm@dulwich.org.uk

www.dulwich.org.uk

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, will.vann@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

www.chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

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, music@stgeorges.org.uk

www.southwark-rc-cathedral.org.uk

London, St Mary’s Battersea

Scholarships cs (SATB), o

Contact Tyrone Whiting, tyrone.whiting@googlemail.com

www.stmarysbattersea.org.uk

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, apalotai@stpaulscathedral.org.uk

www.stpauls.co.uk

London, St Paul’s Cathedral School

Scholarships c (boys)

Open day 4 Oct 2016

Gap yes

Contact Clare Morgan 020 7248 5156, admissions@spcs.london.sch.uk

www.spcslondon.com

www.stpauls.co.uk

London, Southwark Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o

Contact Peter Wright 020 7367 6703, susanna.bloomfield@southwark.anglican.org

www.southwark.anglican.org

London, Temple Church

Scholarships c (boys)

Deadline none

Trials throughout the year

Contact Liz Clarke 020 7427 5650, liz@templechurch.com

www.templechurch.com

London University, King’s College London

Scholarships cs (men & women), o

Contact Joseph Fort, 020 7848 2333, choir@kcl.ac.uk

www.kcl.ac.uk/choir

London University, Royal Holloway

Scholarships c (men & women), o

Contact Rupert Gough 01784 414970, choraladmin@rhul.ac.uk

www.chapelchoir.co.uk

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, n.r.n.jenkins@greenwich.ac.uk

www.greenwich.ac.uk/choir

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)

Contact music@westminster-abbey.org

www.westminster-abbey.org

London, Westminster Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys 8-13), o

Open day please enquire

Contact Lucy Augar, registrar, choir school 020 7798 9081, lauger@choirschool.com

www.westminstercathedralchoir.com

M

Manchester Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o

Deadline none

Voice trials by arrangement with the director of music

Contact Christopher Stokes 0161 833 2220

www.manchestercathedral.org

N

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, directorofmusic@stnicnewcastle.co.uk, michael.stoddart@stnicholascathedral.co.uk

www.stnicholascathedralmusic.co.uk

Norwich Cathedral

Scholarships c, cs

Contact Kristina Bartlette, liturgy and music administrator 01603 218 306, precentor.assistant@cathedral.org.uk

www.cathedral.org.uk

Nottingham, St Mary the Virgin

Scholarships cs

Contact John Keys, director of music, scholarships@stmaryschoirnottingham.com

www.stmaryschoirnottingham.com

O

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, testera@stedwardsoxford.org

www.stedwardsoxford.org

Oxford University

Scholarships c

Contact Owen Rees 01865 279173

www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/orgscholars

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, choir@magd.ox.ac.uk

www.magdalencollegechoir.com

 

P

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, music@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

 

R

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

www.radley.org.uk

Ripon Cathedral

Scholarships c (boys & girls)

Deadlines none; enquire anytime

Trials By appointment at any time

Contact Andrew Bryden 01765 603496, andrewbryden@riponcathedral.org.uk

www.riponcathedral.org.uk

Rugby School

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

Contact Richard Tanner, director of music, 01788 556207, music@rugbyschool.net

www.rugbyschool.net

S

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, music@stalbanscathedral.org

www.stalbanscathedral.org

St Davids Cathedral

Scholarships cs, o

Gap undergrads & postgrads

Contact Oliver Waterer, 01437 720128 stdavidsmusic@gmail.com

www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk

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, dom@stedscathedral.org

www.stedscathedral.co.uk

Salford, St John’s (RC) Cathedral

Scholarships cs (men & women)

Deadline none

Contact Martin Barry 0161 443 4104
www.salforddiocese.org.uk/music/cathedral-choir

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 d.halls@salcath.co.uk; (c) Kathy Davies, 07979 378926,
chorister.recruitment@salcath.co.uk

www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

www.salisburycathedralschool.com

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, musicians@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk

www.sheffieldcathedral.org

Shrewsbury School

Scholarships c (boys & girls), o

Contact Kathryn Burningham, 01743 280583, chapelchoir@shrewsbury.org.uk

www.shrewsbury.org.uk

Southwell Cathedral

Scholarships o

Contact Paul Hale 01636 817297, rectorchori@diaphone.clara.net

www.southwellminster.org.uk

Stowe School

Scholarships Music scholarship (ages 13 & 16)

Contact Admissions 01280 818323

www.stowe.co.uk

T

Tewkesbury Abbey

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

Contact Simon Bell 01242 258000, sabell@deanclose.org.uk

www.scholacantorum.org.uk

Truro Cathedral

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

Deadline as soon as possible

Contact Director of music 01872 245004, christophergray@trurocathedral.org.uk

www.trurocathedral.org.uk

W

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, thomasmoore70@googlemail.com

www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk

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, musicadmin@stmaryswarwick.org.uk

www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk

www.warwickschool.org.uk

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

www.wellscathedral.org.uk

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, sue.armstrong@winchester-cathedral.org.uk; Ali Dugdale, The Pilgrims’ School, 01962 854189 admissions@pilgrims-school.co.uk

www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk,

www.thepilgrims-school.co.uk

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, admissions@pilgrims-school.co.uk

www.winchestercollege.org

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, chapteroffice@stgeorges-windsor.org; (c) Music administrator 01753 848797, music@stgeorges-windsor.org

www.stgeorges-windsor.org

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, christopherallsop@worcestercathedral.org.uk; c (boys) and cs: director of music, Dr Peter Nardone 01905 732916, peternardone@worcestercathedral.org.uk

www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

Wycliffe College

Scholarships c (boys & girls), cs (boys & girls)

Deadline please enquire

Contact Ed Jenkins 01453 820442

www.wycliffe.co.uk

 

Y

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, music@yorkminster.org