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In collaboration with Durham University, we offer music scholarships for students.

Choral Scholarships

The Chapter of Durham Cathedral are in the position to offer choral scholarships to students who gain a place at Durham University.

Conditions of a choral scholarship

It is generally not possible to combine the duties of a Choral Scholar with certain academic subjects like the Sciences and Social Sciences which involve laboratory work. The scholarship is only valid while the holder retains his or her Durham University place.

Candidates must be academically equipped to follow their chosen course of study. Those who seem unlikely to meet the Colleges’ academic requirements for admission will not be accepted as candidates for a Choral Scholarship.  

How to apply

Auditions are generally held in March to start the following October, however we currently have vacancies for two abasses.

Applications for Choral Scholarships starting with immediate effect are now open; the deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday 7 October at 5pm. Download more information and an application form here.

Organ Scholarships

Two Organ Scholarships are offered by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral to students who obtain admission to the University. The Senior Organ Scholarship is partly funded by a generous grant from the Michael James Music Trust.  

Conditions of an organ scholarship

Candidates must be academically equipped to follow their chosen course of study at Durham. If you are unlikely to meet the University’s academic requirements for admission, you will not be accepted as a candidate for a Scholarship.  

It is generally not possible to combine the duties of Organ Scholar with certain academic subjects such as Social Sciences involving laboratory work or the Sciences. The Organ Scholarship only remains tenable on condition that the holder retains his or her University place for the duration of the Scholarship.

How to apply

Auditions are generally held in March to start the following October, however we are currently seeking to appoint a Junior Organ Scholar to start with immediate effect.

Applications for the Junior Organ Scholarship are now open; the deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday 7 October at 5pm. Download more information and an application form here.