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.
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. An Organ Scholarship will next be offered for undergraduates coming into residence in 2019. 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.
ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS 2017
Auditions for those interested in holding an Organ Scholarship will be held in September 2018. This year Queen’s is offering an Organ Scholarship for those wishing to commence their studies in October 2019.
The deadline for applications is 1 September 2018, with online application forms available in the spring.
Rory started learning the organ at Downside School in Somerset where he was a music scholar. After leaving Downside Rory was organ scholar at Keble College, Oxford where he read for a music degree. Having graduated with a first last summer Rory is now at The Queen’s College studying for an MSt in Musicology. Recent recital venues have included Keble, Merton and Exeter Colleges in Oxford. Having previously studied the organ with Christopher Tambling, David Bednall and Matthew Martin, Rory currently is taught by Stephen Farr. Rory is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
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.