Music Scholarships

Organ Scholarship at Wakefield Cathedral

The organ scholarship at Wakefield Cathedral falls vacant from September 2018 and is tenable for 12 months, renewable by mutual agreement.

The scholarship is usually linked with undergraduate or postgraduate studies in the music department at Huddersfield University, and is an appointment jointly funded by the cathedral and the university to the sum of £2000 per annum. Occasionally the scholarship has been held by students who are not studying at Huddersfield, but then the value of the scholarship is halved.

The music department at Wakefield Cathedral is an active department. It is headed by the Canon Precentor, Leah Vasey-Saunders, and is run by the Director of Music, Thomas Moore aided by the Assistant Director, Sachin Gunga. The department undertakes a full programme of events including touring, recording, concert performances and broadcasting.

Former organ scholars at Wakefield Cathedral have gone on to careers in cathedral music, most notably in recent years to be Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Director of Music at Norwich Catholic Cathedral, and Assistant Organist at Brecon Cathedral.

An organ scholar at Wakefield Cathedral can expect to play the organ for at least 2 full services a week including the 9.15 Mass on a Sunday, and to gain experience of choral directing, working with the boys, girls and men of the cathedral choir. There are other tasks associated with the job, such as helping to keep the music library in order and assisting in the day to day operations of the music department. Although hours are quite flexible, the department works 5 days a week, with Mondays and Saturdays usually given as days off.The organ scholar will receive tuition from the Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music in the art of choral accompaniment and direction as part of the scholarship.

To find out more about the organ scholarship, please get in touch with the Director of Music on 01924 373923, or email tom@thomasmoore.org.uk to have an informal chat about what is involved, and to learn more about the application process. There is no particular deadline for applications, but it is hoped that the successful candidate will commence duties by September 2018.

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