Organ and Choral Scholarships

Organ and Choral ScholarshipsFather Willis Organ Stops

The Director of Music, Jeremy Summerly, is assisted by two undergraduate Organ Scholars. Organ scholars receive lessons in organ studies, choral conducting, and singing from Stephen Farr, Paul Spicer, and Nicholas Warden respectively. The Chapel of St Peter’s College is one of Oxford’s largest and most versatile performing spaces, accommodating large-scale orchestral and choral performances without difficulty. The 1875 Father Willis organ is complemented by a chamber organ built by Nicholson of Worcester in 2012, a Goble harpsichord, and a Blüthner grand piano.

The Chapel Choir consists of Choral Scholars and other singers from within the College and outside admitted through audition. There are presently eight awards available each year with no restrictions as to voice type and additional awards are made to singers of sufficient merit. Choral Scholars sing in the two weekly services (Evensong on Sundays and Thursdays during full term) and play a leading role in the musical life of the College. The Choir is administered and directed by the Organ Scholars working under the general supervision of the Director of Music, with whom they share responsibility for services, concerts and tours. The College has strong historic links with Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and there are regular exhange visits between members of the Bishop F J Chavasse's two foundations.

The Paul Geddes Senior Organ Scholarship is to the value of £400, and the Siraj Singh Kandhari Junior Organ Scholar receives £300. Both awards are named in recognition of the generosity of alumni Mr Paul Geddes and Mr Harjeev Kandhari. St Peter’s normally expects to elect an Organ Scholar in alternate years but this may vary according to circumstances. The College will normally only elect an Organ Scholar to read Music, but applications for Choral Scholarships are welcome from across the disciplines. For further information on how to apply, please click here.

The Director of Music welcomes enquiries from prospective candidates at any time. For more information or to arrange a visit contact Mr Jeremy Summerly, St Peter’s College, Oxford. OX1 2DL E-mail: jeremy.summerly@spc.ox.ac.uk