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Colleges offer Organ Scholarships through the inter-Collegiate competition, called Organ Trials.

Organ Trials 2020

The Organ Trials in 2020 will take place from Sunday 20 September to Wednesday 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. 

Sunday 20 September (starting late morning/early afternoon)

  • Practice times on various organs
  • Possible College interviews
  • Early evening: ear tests (for all applicants)
  • Evening: meeting for all applicants

Monday 21 September

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

Tuesday 22 September

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

Wednesday 23 September

  • Possible further auditions / interviews during the morning.
  • All candidates will be free to leave Cambridge by 12.00pm.
  • Following the Formal Elections meeting, held that day, those results which can be will be announced (though some results may be dependent on the results of the Oxford Trials)

As indicated above, as well as the subject-related assessments, musical tests and auditions, all applicants will be interviewed academically during the Trials, both at their first-preference College and by other subject-specialists from within the University. 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.

Forecast dates for future Organ Trials, as follows:​

  • 2021: 22-25 September

Organ Scholarships film


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

Open Day 2020

The Organ Scholars Open Day will be held on the 3 & 4 March 2020.


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