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Please note: the information below relates to the 2022 Organ Trials. Details of the 2023 Organ Trials will be updated in March 2023.

Organ Trials 2022

The Organ Trials in 2022 will take place from Sunday 18 September to Wednesday 21 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 18 September (starting late morning/early afternoon)

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

Monday 19 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 20 September

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

Wednesday 21 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. 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.

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Organ Scholarship Open Day

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Our next Organ Scholarship Open Day will be 7 and 8 March 2023. Book your place by the end of Sunday 26 February. 

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