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Durham University


Choral and Organ Scholarships

An Organ Scholarship is offered by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral to a student who obtains admission to Durham University; it is partly funded by a generous grant from the Michael James Music Trust. It is essential that candidates should be academically equipped to follow their chosen course of study at Durham, and those who seem unlikely to meet the Colleges’ academic requirements for admission will not be accepted as candidates for the Organ Scholarship.

It is generally not possible to combine the duties of Organ Scholar with certain academic subjects (the Sciences, and those Social Sciences which involve laboratory work). The Organ Scholarship only remains tenable on condition that the holder retains his or her University place for the duration of the Scholarship.

Fees status


Level of Study

Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Current students and applicants for programmes commencing in 2020/21


All programmes

Further Information

Choral Scholarships may be held in conjunction with other local authority or other similar awards. As a Choral Scholar you will be required to play an active part in the musical life of Durham Cathedral so please ensure that you read the Information provided with the application form.

2020/21 - one Choral and one Junior Organ scholarship are available


Choral Scholarships are worth:

  • £1,584 in the first year,

  • £1,888 in the second year, and

  • £2,203 for third and subsequent years

Junior Organ Scholarships are worth:

  • £3,500.84

Commencing immediately

Complete either the Choral Application Form or theJunior Organ Application Form and email to or post to:

Music Administrator
Mrs Rebecca Dodd
The Cathedral Office
The College

Application deadline

5pm on Wednesday 7th Cctober 2020

For further information or advice:

Additional Choral and Organ Scholarships are available within Colleges, further information provided by Music Durham

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