The organ scholarship at Hereford Cathedral runs annually from 1 September to 31 August. It provides an organ student with the experience of working in a cathedral music department, offering the opportunity to develop and extend his or her skills in service playing, choir accompaniment and other relevant areas.

The 2020–21 scholarship has now been filled. Prospective applicants for future years are welcome to contact the Director of Music, Geraint Bowen, at any time by email or by telephone on +44 (0)1432 374238.

Details of Hereford Cathedral’s choral scholarships may be found here.

Jonathan Lee, the current organ scholar, received his education at Canberra Grammar School. He holds diplomas in piano and organ, and has served as the senior organ scholar at Wesley Uniting Church in Canberra since 2015. He plays the cello and sings bass, and in the summer of 2018 was selected to represent Australia in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Prague.

Previous organ scholars

2018–19 Henry Metcalfe

Henry takes up a place to read music at King’s College London in autumn 2019 and he will also be the organ scholar at St Mary’s Church, Bourne Street.

2017–18 Joel Trekell

Joel was our first post-graduate organ scholar, having studied at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in sacred music at the University of Houston, Texas.

2016–17 Laurence John

In the autumn of 2017 Laurence took up the organ scholarship at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he is reading for a music degree.

2015–16 Charles Maxtone-Smith

Charles was organ scholar at New College, Oxford from 2016 to 2019 and will be assisting organist for the year 2019–20.

2014–15 William Fox

Will was organ scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford from 2015 to 2018. He is currently sub-organist at St Paul’s Cathedral.

2013–14 Jonny Allsopp

Jonny was organ scholar at Durham Cathedral from 2014 to 2017. Following two years as organ scholar at Westminster Cathedral, he took up the post of assistant director of music at Southwell Minster in September 2019.

2012–13 Joseph Wicks

Joseph was organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge from 2013 to 2016 and assistant organist at the college for the following academic year. For the year 2018–19 he was assistant director of music at Truro Cathedral, and he is now pursuing a freelance career in London.

2011–12 Douglas Tang

Doug was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge from 2012 to 2015. He is now pursuing a freelance career in London.

2010–11 Timothy Parsons

Tim was organ scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 2011 to 2014. He is currently assistant director of music at Exeter Cathedral.

2009–10 Jeremy Cole

Jeremy was organ scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2010 to 2013. He is currently assistant director of music at Wells Cathedral.

2008–09 Simon Bland

Simon was organ scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2009 to 2012 and is now on the staff of Haileybury College.

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