Organ Scholarships application deadline
The audition will involve:
To be taken by all applicants.
- dictation of a melody
- dictation of a four-part chorale (the soprano part will be given throughout)
- recognition and correction of mistakes of pitch and rhythm in a score heard three times.
Download a specimen set of aural tests.
To be taken by those applicants applying to read Music.
- harmonisation of a Bach chorale (the soprano part given throughout) without the aid of a keyboard
Organ playing audition
A page turner will be provided.
- prepared piece: applicants are required to play one of the following trio movements (please note that the third and fourth trios listed are new options):
- J S Bach Trio No. 1 in E flat major - BWV 525 (first movement only)
- J S Bach Trio No. 4 in E minor - BWV 528 (first movement only)
- J S Bach Trio on Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend - BWV 655
- J S Bach Trio on Nun komm der Heiden heiland - BWV 660
- sight-reading: on three staves, some simple registration changes may be required
- transposition: hymn-like passage on two staves, up or down a tone or semitone, use of pedals is required
- four-part score-reading: without the use of pedals.
Download a specimen set of keyboard tests.
College organ playing auditions
- Second piece: all applicants must prepare and bring a second, contrasting piece, which they may be asked to play at College and further auditions. The piece must be of a grade 8 standard or above, and should be of a contrasting mood/tempo to the Trio Sonata
- Some Colleges may ask you to improvise, and/or to play a hymn or psalm.
Applicants will be required to conduct a six-minute choir practice. Music will be distributed at the meeting for all applicants at the beginning of the trials. It will be a short, unaccompanied anthem, and applicants can expect the choir to know the notes. The choir will be a friendly and informally constituted ensemble of current choral scholars and organ scholars. A keyboard or piano will be provided for giving starting notes to the choir.