Organ Scholarships

Organ ScholarshipsAn organ scholarship at Royal Holloway offers a fantastic opportunity to work, not only as an accompanist to an internationally renowned choir, but also to take responsibility as a conductor with the Founder's Choir. The organ scholars will receive training to help them accompany The Choir of Royal Holloway in all their services and concert engagements, including tours, recordings and live radio broadcasts. They will also act as a répétiteur for Chorus rehearsals and as a continuo player for certain concerts. Guidance in the art of choral conducting will also be given to help the organ scholars work with the Founder's Choir, a voluntary choir which rehearses weekly in preparation for a number of concerts and occasional Sunday evening services. There are ample performance opportunities including for solo performances. Past organ scholars have attained prominent positions in many British cathedrals and public schools.

The chapel contains a 3-manual organ built by Harrison and Harrison in 1978 which is a remarkably diverse instrument voiced in a largely French style. There is also a new 3½ stop continuo organ built by Dutch organ builder Henk Klop and an 11-stop mechanical action teaching/practice organ by Anders MÃ¥rtensson of Sweden. Additionally an electronic practice organ is available to organ scholars. The music department also owns a new harpsichord built by Andrew Wooderson and Royal Holloway was also the first UK University to be accredited by Steinway on account of the number of Steinway grand pianos on campus.

Organ Scholars will be expected to give general help with services, to deputise for the Director of Choral Music when needed, and to assist with organ recitals, and other programmes of music given in the Chapel. Organ scholarships are normally held for three years and there is usually one available each year. The maximum award has recently been raised to £1,500 per annum.

Click here to download the Chapel Organ Specification (PDF)

Click here to download the MÃ¥rtensson Organ Specification (PDF)

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