Organ scholarships

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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 prospective organ scholars

  • Stephen Cleobury is always pleased to meet prospective organ scholars - please get in touch with him via the choir office.
  • There is an annual (university-wide) open day event for prospective organ scholars who would like to attend. The details and booking form are published each year on the Cambridge University Admissions website. The dates of open day events:
    • Tuesday 7 March - Wednesday 8 March 2017
  • There's a step-by-step guide to the application process below. The application deadline is 1 September each year. Dates of future organ trails and academic interviews:
    • Sunday 18 - Wednesday 21 September 2016
    • Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 September 2017
  • Information for organ applicants about written assessments will be published here in due course.

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.
  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:
    • an academic reference (both by email and as a hard copy with a signature). If the academic reference can be submitted before 11 September, that would be very helpful where possible. The email address to send these to is and please send the hard copy to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST. United Kingdom.
    • a Musical Ability reference and coversheet (both by email and as a hard copy with a signature). The email address to send these to is and please send the 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:
    • Written work & coversheet (depending on your subject).
    • Disability adjustments form (if you have a disability, learning difficulty or long-term illness).
    • Your fee status, data protection and UMS form.
  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 15 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 Sunday 18 - Wednesday 21 September 2016. 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:

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:

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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