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Organ Trials 2023

The Organ Trials in 2023 will take place from Wednesday 20 September to Saturday 23 September.

The schedule below is subject to confirmation, but gives a general idea of the programme during the auditions. Please note that we co-ordinate the Trials closely with the University of Oxford, so it is possible for candidates who are applying to both Cambridge and Oxford to travel between the two universities without missing any appointments.

Wednesday 20 September (starting early afternoon)

  • Practice times on various organs
  • Possible College interviews
  • Mid-afternoon/Early evening: registration meeting and ear tests (for all applicants)

Thursday 21 September

  • Morning: harmony test (for all applicants applying to read Music)
  • Morning: Subject-based At-Interview Admissions Assessment for any other applicable subjects
  • Organ playing auditions
  • College interviews and Second Auditions

Friday 22 September

  • Conducting auditions (short choir practice)
  • Further interviews and Second auditions

Saturday 23 September

  • Possible further auditions/interviews during the morning.
  • All candidates will be free to leave Cambridge by 12.00pm.

As indicated above, as well as the subject-related assessments, musical tests and auditions, all applicants will be interviewed academically during the Trials. These interviews will be arranged by candidates' first-preference College. It is likely, therefore, that you will be asked to submit copies of school work to your first-choice College before your arrival in Cambridge. In some exceptional cases, applicants may be required to return in December for academic interviews (most likely with those who are applying to study a subject other than Music), but it is hoped that this will not be required.

Accommodation and meals for the audition period will be provided in your first-choice College, in most (but not all) Colleges free of charge.

Further details regarding the process can be found on our Auditions page.

Organ Scholarships film


Mr Andrew Arthur
Organ Scholarships Co-ordinator
Director of Music
Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ
T 01223 332549