2018 -2019 Choral and Organ Scholars


The Dean & Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral annually seek to appoint an organ scholar for each academic year. He/She will play a key role in the Cathedral Music Department, working closely with Adrian Partington (Director of Music), Jonathan Hope (Assistant Director of Music), Nia Llewelyn Jones (Singing Development Leader) and Helen Sims (Music Department Manager). The organ scholarship is open to recent graduates or to gap-year applicants of exceptional ability.

Organ Scholarship Application form (1)

Organ Scholarship General Information (1)


Gloucester Cathedral Choir was founded by King Henry VIII in 1545. Before that, the Cathedral was a monastic Church, with music being provided by monks. Boy choristers only sang on the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Choir consists of twenty boys, nine lay clerks and three choral scholars. The choristers attend the King’s School, where they receive generous scholarships. The Choir takes a major part in the renowned annual Three Choirs Festival, the world’s oldest Music Festival, dating back to 1715. This is held in Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford in rotation. In 2019 the Three Choirs Festival will be held in Gloucester. Gloucester is situated within an hour’s travelling distance of Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Stratford, Cheltenham and Cardiff.

In addition to the main work of the daily Cathedral services the Choir receives many invitations for outside engagements. Events can include Evensong broadcasts for BBC Radio, live broadcasts on BBC Television, concerts with various Orchestras, recording CDs, and tours abroad (Norway Sep 2007, USA April 2008, South Africa October 2011, Sweden 2012, Canada 2015).

Many of our Choral Scholars continue their singing with Choral Scholarships at St. John’s and King’s Colleges, Cambridge.

Choral Scholarship Application form (1)

Organ Scholarship General Information (1)

If you would like an informal chat about the roles, please contact Alice Clark on aclark@glosdioc.org.uk or on 01452 835558.

Please complete your applications and email them to Alice Clark, aclark@glosdioc.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 September 2017

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