The Town and Civic Church of St Mary-le-Tower offers Organ Scholarships each academic year.

An Organ Scholarship provides an excellent opportunity to participate in traditional liturgical music as well as offering accompanying and solo performance experience.

In addition to the time spent at our 3-manuel Willis organ, opportunities to develop choral conducting skills and singing tuition may also be available.

Who can become an Organ Scholar?

We are looking for a candidate who wishes to further their skills either before or after University or Music Conservatoire.

We ask that candidates be aged 16 or older, have developed keyboard skills on the piano (ABRSM Grade 7+) and/or the organ (ABRSM Grade 6+)

Why should I become an Organ Scholar?

Some of our recent organ scholars have gone on to attain scholarships at University and have forged successful careers in the music profession.  Others have gone on to different professions altogether but have benefitted greatly from the skills they have learned.

What is the time commitment?

The organ scholar spends much of his time shadowing the commitments of our organist William Baldry. This allows the candidate to observe and depending on progress, accompany part of, or the entirety of a service.

Candidates may also be promoted around other churches and choirs in Ipswich.

How to become an Organ Scholar

Applications are welcome between September-March. Organ scholarships are awarded each Easter for the following September. If you are interested in learning more or auditioning, please contact our Director of Music, Christopher Borrett:

Tel: 07917 355 946


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