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 2019–20 choral scholars: Paul Howard, Oliver Fulwell and Benjamin Southwick

2020–21 scholarships

Applications for the 2020–21 alto and tenor scholarships are open. The bass scholarship has been filled. Details of the scholarships may be downloaded here. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the Director of Music, Geraint Bowen, at any time by email or to telephone him on +44 (0)1432 374238.

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