Organ Scholarships at Trinity


Organ Scholarships at Trinity

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Being an Organ Scholar at Trinity is a challenging and rewarding role within the life of the College. Trinity always has two Organ Scholars in residence and they play a key role assisting the Director of Music and Clergy in the day to day running of the Choir and Chapel.

Duties of an Organ Scholar include accompanying the Choir in rehearsals and services, conducting the Choir in services, taking rehearsals, giving regular organ recitals, choosing repertoire, playing for weddings and other Chapel services and working closely with the administrative staff.

In addition to their annual scholarship, Organ Scholars receive:

  • free organ tuition from Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr and David Briggs
  • conducting tuition with the Director of Music, Stephen Layton
  • free singing lessons
  • three free dinners a week in Hall and six annual Feasts
  • an annual bequest for building their own library of organ music
  • special reserved accommodation in College which they can keep all year round
  • a Yamaha Clavinova in the room
  • access to the Chapel’s recording equipment for personal projects

Jeremy Cole (Organ Scholar) conducts Byrd Ne Irascaris in Evensong

Although Organ Scholars also have to balance these duties with their own degree, they invariably find sufficient time to pursue their own musical projects in Cambridge. There is no such thing as a typical Organ Scholar at Trinity, and recent personal projects have included conducting large-scale concerts such as Bach's St John Passion and Bach's Mass in B Minor, directing their own vocal groups, giving piano recitals, accompanying vocal recitals, organising year-long projects including Bach at Trinity, and playing in chamber music ensembles.

Frequently in demand as recitalists, accompanists, and conductors, Trinity Organ Scholars play a prominent role in the artistic life of the College and University.  After graduating, many have taken up important positions, both sacred and secular, in the musical world. Click for a list of former Trinity Organ Scholars.

Trinity’s magnificent mechanical-action organ is regarded as one of the finest organs in the United Kingdom.  It was completed in 1975 by the Swiss firm Metzler Söhne within the original cases of the 1694 and 1706 'Father' Smith organs.

The Metzler Organ

Stephen LaytonStephen Layton meets Choral or Organ Applicants throughout the year, giving them the opportunity to find out about Trinity College and the Choir, and to attend a Choir rehearsal. If you would like to arrange a meeting at any time, please email or call 01223 761528.


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