If you are an organist of a high standard and you want to study at King's you may be eligible for a scholarship award. You do not have to study Music to apply for the scholarship: Organ Scholarships can be combined with any subject taught at King's except Medicine and Architecture.
Over and above the Organ Scholarship, the college pays for organ lessons and training in Alexander Technique. It also provides every Scholar with a piano in their room. Of course, your duties as an Organ Scholar are very much in addition to a commitment to the academic subject you are studying. However, King’s is a relaxed college and the choir a very friendly group. In balancing music and academic work, the Organ Scholars also enjoy a good social life.
More detail about holding an Organ Scholarship at King's can be found in the Choir section of the website.
How to apply for an Organ Award at King's
- Check the Organ vacancies
- Read the Study at King's and Choir sections of our website thoroughly.
- By 1 September please submit:
- a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)
- an academic reference (both by email and as a hard copy with a signature)
- a draft copy of your UCAS personal statement
- By 11 September (at the latest), please submit a Musical Ability reference and coversheet (available to download). These must be sent both by email to and as a hard copy to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST. United Kingdom.
- You will receive an email from King's acknowledging your application shortly after the application deadline. You may be asked to submit written work by 12 September, depending on your subject. You may find the written work FAQ useful in advance.
- If you are to be invited to Cambridge for organ trials and academic interviews (most candidates are), you will receive details of the centrally organised trials by 6 September. You will later receive a further letter from King's to give you details of your academic interviews. Please note that it will take some time for us to organise interviews and write to you.
- Organ trials and academic interviews in normally take place around the 20th September (organ trial dates in 2013 are 18 - 21 September 2013). You must arrive in Cambridge the evening before the day of your audition for a meeting of all applicants to be auditioned the following day, and you should expect to remain in Cambridge until at least 2pm on the day following your audition. Accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge in King's.
- Submit a UCAS application by 15 October and follow the process as set out on the how to apply page with regard to the UCAS application and the Supplementary Application Questionnaire.
- Organ candidates will receive the outcome of their application shortly after the organ trials.
As an Organ applicant you have two main points of contact with King's:
1. The Admissions Office
(Telephone 01223 331255; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
If your question relates to the application process, filling in forms, deadlines, academic course content and requirements, exam results, Open Days etc. then please contact the Admissions Office directly. Do also ensure that you read the 'Study at King's' section of this website carefully.
2. Stephen Cleobury / The Choir Office
(Telephone: 01223 331 224; email: email@example.com)
If your question requires musical expertise or relates to musical auditions or life and work as an Organ scholar at King's, then please contact Stephen Cleobury / The Choir Office. Stephen is happy to meet you before you audition (this can be arranged to coincide with King's Open Days or any time you visit if you contact the Choir Office).