Minster Organ Scholarship (Gap-year)

The principal aim of the Minster Organ Scholarship is to give thorough training in every aspect of English Cathedral Music and commitments at the Minster are very much tailored to each organ scholar's capabilities and interests.

As a full member of the Minster Music Department, the Organ Scholar will:

  • train the probationers in singing and theory
  • accompany mid-week Evensongs
  • step in whenever one of the other organists is away
  • have many opportunities to rehearse the boys' and girls' choirs
  • direct the Minster Choirs during services
  • gain experience in accompanying Anglican choral repertoire on the organ

Croydon is only a 20 minute train ride away from London Bridge, in easy reach of London's music hub.
Benefits of the Organ Scholarship at Croydon Minster:
  • free organ lessons with the Organist and Sub-Organist
  • ideal stepping stone to a Cathedral Music career
  • wonderful opportunity to learn within an 'apprentice' set-up how to run a cathedral-style music department.
Previous Organ Scholars and where they are now:
  • 2000  Jonathan Vaughn (former Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral)
  • 2002  Daniel Soper (former Assistant Director of Music, St Edmundsbury Cathedral)
  • 2005  Martin Ford (former Assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey)
  • 2010  Freddie James (former Organ Scholar, St John's, Cambridge)
  • 2012  Douglas Tang (former Organ Scholar, King's College, Cambridge)
  • 2013  David Warren (former Organ Scholar, Robinson College, Cambridge)
  • 2015  Nick Graham (former Director of Music, St Peter's Streatham)
  • 2016 Jack Oades (Organ Scholar, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin)
  • 2017 Martina Smyth (Organ Scholar, Guildford Cathedral)
  • 2018 Heather Easting (Organ Scholar designate, Exeter Cathedral)

For further details about the Minster Organ Scholarship, please contact:

Ronny Krippner Organist & Director of Music 

Telephone: 020 8688 8104

Email: organist@croydonminster.org