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 candidates for the 2018–19 scholarship are welcome to telephone the Director of Music, Geraint Bowen, for an informal discussion on 01432 374238, or to email him. The scholarship will be advertised in early autumn 2017, and interviews and auditions held shortly afterwards. 

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

Laurence John
The cathedral’s 2016–17 organ scholar, Laurence John.

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 is now pursuing a freelance career in London alongside his post as assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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, where he is currently assistant organist.

2013–14 Jonny Allsopp

Jonny took up the three-year organ scholarship at Durham Cathedral in autumn 2014, where he is reading for a music degree at the university.

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 2015, where he is reading for a music degree.