The gap-year choral scholarships at Hereford Cathedral (one each of alto, tenor and bass) run annually from 1 September to 31 August. The scholarships offer experience of singing daily in the cathedral choir alongside the six lay clerks (who are augmented by three assistant lay clerks at weekends), and they would thus particularly suit singers intending to go on to one of the major university choral foundations.

The 2018–19 choral scholars: Harry Brookes-Owen, Henry Pyne and Simon Lockyer

2019–20 scholarships

Applications are invited for the alto choral scholarship for the year 2019–20; the tenor and bass places have now been filled. Prospective candidates are welcome to telephone the Director of Music, Geraint Bowen, for an informal discussion on 01432 374238, or to email him.

Further details can be downloaded here.

Details of Hereford Cathedral’s organ scholarship may be found here.

Former choral scholars are present or former students at King’s College, Cambridge; Trinity College, Cambridge; Christ Church, Oxford; the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and St Andrews; the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; and the Royal College of Music. Several are now working as freelance singers and two are lay clerks at Manchester Cathedral and Christ Church, Oxford.

The image at the head of this page is St Ethelberts House, where the music scholars live