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Organ scholarships

Organ scholar playing the organ

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.

Current notes for organ applicants

  • 1 September: The step-by-step guide below as been updated with details for students who need to send written work etc. Please see point number 6 below.

How to apply for an Organ Award at King's

  1. Check the Organ vacancies
  2. Read the Study at King's and Choir sections of our website thoroughly.
  3. By 1 September please submit:Late applications will not be considered. The address to send references to is and the Undergraduate Admissions Office, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST. United Kingdom. You must not submit a UCAS form at this stage but please note that you will need a UCAS number (you must have registered with UCAS) to submit the COPA.
    • 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 (both by email and as a hard copy)
    • a transcript if you are an international candidate and would normally submit a transcript - see details, and please also send us a copy of the pdf as an email attachment.
  4. You will receive an email from King's acknowledging your application shortly after the application deadline, and all candidates will also receive an acknowlegement of their application from the central co-ordinator and some general information by 5 September (this is not an invitation to interviews/trials).
  5. By 11 September (at the latest), please submit a Musical Ability reference and coversheet. 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.
  6. In the email from King's, you may be asked to submit the following by 12 September:
  7. If you are invited for trials and interviews (most candidates are), you will later receive a further letter from King's to give you details of your academic interviews and practical information. Please note that it will take some time for us to organise interviews and write to you (the latest that you could hear is 16 September). If we are not inviting you for trials and interviews, we will write to you as soon as possible to let you know.
  8. Organ trials and academic interviews will take place on 21 - 24 September 2014. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Organ candidates will receive the outcome of their application shortly after the organ trials.

Contacting King's

As an Organ applicant you have two main points of contact with King's:

1. The Admissions Office

(Telephone 01223 331255; email: undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk)

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: choir@kings.cam.ac.uk)

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).

Further information

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