From October 2018, a Junior Organ Scholarship will be offered by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral to a current student of Durham University (Undergraduate or Postgraduate).

The duties of the Junior Organ Scholar are to assist the Organist, Sub-Organist and Senior Organ Scholar in the performance of their duties. Duties are tailored by mutual agreement to meet the capacity and experience of the Junior Organ Scholar. The Junior Organ Scholar is also expected to take a part in the training of the probationer Choristers, supervise chorister theory, and to take a share of service playing. He or she may (dependent on ability) have the opportunity of taking practices with the choristers, the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars, or the full choir; and on occasion of directing the choir in services. He or she will also be asked to play for special services in the cathedral and to undertake some administrative tasks in the running of the music; and he or she will also be expected to observe at Chorister choir practices, in the role of a second adult; and to assist and observe in the organ-loft, so as to gain experience. Please note it is generally not possible to combine the duties of Organ Scholar with certain academic subjects (the Sciences, and those Social Sciences which involve laboratory work).

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 9 October 2018 at 9am with auditions to be held on Sunday 14 October: later applications will be considered only if practicable. Email music.coordinator@durham.ac.uk for an application form. Applications should include the names and addresses of two referees, one at least of whom should be able to write about the candidate’s musical abilities and one at least of whom should be able to testify to his or her suitability to work with children. This and further enquiries should be sent to Mrs Rebecca Dodd, Music Administrator, The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EH; or emailed to rebecca.dodd@durhamcathedral.co.uk.

At audition, candidates will be required to play a programme of two prepared pieces lasting no longer than a total of 15 minutes: one Baroque contrapuntal, and the other showing console management; and to perform keyboard-skills tests broadly at ARCO level – sight-reading, score-reading, transposition and improvisation. Other skills may be tested at interview, but it is not anticipated that candidates will be required to take a choir practice. Some preparation time on the cathedral organ will be arranged.