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.

Prospective applicants for the organ scholarship 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.


The cathedral’s 2017–18 organ scholar, Joel Trekell

Joel Trekell, the present organ scholar, was awarded in 2017 the degree of Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Previous organ scholars

2008–09 Simon Bland

Simon was organ scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2009 to 2012 and is now organist and assistant director of music at St John’s School, Leatherhead.

2009–10 Jeremy Cole

Jeremy was organ scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2010 to 2013 and subsequently pursued a freelance career in London alongside his post as assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields. In the autumn of 2017 he takes up the post of assistant director of music at Wells Cathedral.

2010–11 Timothy Parsons

Tim was organ scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 2011 to 2014. In his second year he was also organist for King’s Voices, the mixed-voice choir at King’s College. He then spent two years as a post-graduate organ scholar at Winchester Cathedral and in September 2016 took up the position of assistant director of music at Exeter Cathedral.

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.

2012–13 Joseph Wicks

Joseph was organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge from 2013 to 2016. In the autumn of 2017 he takes up the post of assistant director of music at Truro Cathedral.

2013–14 Jonny Allsopp

Jonny took up the three-year organ scholarship at Durham Cathedral in autumn 2014. He has recently graduated with first-class honours from Durham University, and is soon to take up the organ scholarship at Westminster Cathedral.

2014–15 William Fox

Will took up the organ scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford in autumn 2015, where he is reading for a music degree.

2015–16 Charles Maxtone-Smith

Charles took up the organ scholarship at New College, Oxford in autumn 2016, where he is reading for a music degree.

2016–17 Laurence John

Laurence will take up the organ scholarship at The Queen’s College, Oxford in the autumn of 2017, where he will read for a music degree.

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