Organ Scholarships

Organ Scholarships at The Queen's College, Oxford provide opportunities to work within one of the UK's finest university choral establishments and to play a world-class organ.

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Queen's always has two Organ Scholars, who are undergraduate members of the College.  The Organ Scholars play at College services, choir concerts and on tours, and gain valuable experience by assisting the Director of Music with the training, directing, and running of the choir. The Organ Scholarship is worth £800 per annum, including funding for organ lessons. Organ Scholars at Queen’s study with leading organists, such as Thomas Trotter and Stephen Farr, although the choice of teacher is at the Scholar’s discretion. Organ Scholars are guaranteed rooms on the main college site, with piano, for the duration of their course. Organ Scholarships will next be offered for undergraduates coming into residence in 2020 and 2021. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact Professor Rees at any time of year. An open day for Choral and Organ awards is held by the Oxford University Music Faculty in late April each year.



Auditions for those interested in holding an Organ Scholarship will next be held in September 2019 for entry in 2020/21.

Application forms are available here . The deadline is 1st September 2019.

Junior Organ Scholar
Thomas Dilley

Biography coming soon.

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Laurence John

Laurence John was previously organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral. As well as accompanying and conducting the cathedral choir for services, he also assisted with the training of the choristers. Whilst a student at Hereford Cathedral School, Laurence had the opportunity to work as an organist, pianist and harpsichordist with a number of the country’s leading orchestras. He was the piano accompanist to the school’s internationally acclaimed Cantabile Girls’ Choir and played for winning performances by the choir in the final of the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition and at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen; broadcast on BBC One and S4C respectively. He currently studies the organ with Stephen Farr. In 2019 he was awarded the Sawyer/Durrant Prize for his performance in the examinations for Associateship of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO).