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Choir

Organ Scholarship

Sandy at OrganPhotograph by Kaupo Kikkas

The College offers up to two organ scholarships, each worth c.£500 each year. Duties involve assisting the Choir Director and accompanying the choir at Evensong and the College Eucharist.

In addition, the Organ Scholar is required to play for some Morning Prayer services held at 09.30 Mondays to Thursdays. This is a short congregational service consisting of psalms and a hymn. 

Current Organ Scholar

James Orford

How to apply

Applications are welcome at any time and should be emailed to choir@kcl.ac.uk

Auditions will consist of playing two prepared pieces of the candidate’s choice (one by J.S. Bach), transposition of a hymn tune and sight-reading an accompaniment. Postgraduates are also encouraged to apply. In fact, a number of recent holders have been former Oxbridge organ scholars reading for the renowned King’s MMus degree.

Contact us

choir@kcl.ac.uk

020 7848 2333

Organ specification

The Strand Chapel's 150-yr-old Father Willis Organ & pipes have been renovated to improve the sound and are in the process of being installed in Chapel - find out more here.

The organ was built by Henry Willis in 1856, and subsequently rebuilt by the Willis firm in 1932 and then by Bishop & Son in 1977 and 1992, with a new console added in 2000.

Organ pipes

Great

    * Bourdon 16’
    * Open Diapason 8’
    * Claribel Flute 8’
    * Principal 4’
    * Stopped Flute 4’
    * Fifteenth 2’
    * Sesquialtera II
    * Mixture III
    * Posaune 8’
    * Swell to Great
    * Positive to Great
    * Great & Pedal combs. Coupled

Swell

    * Harmonic Flute 8’
    * Salicional 8’
    * Voix célestes 8’
    * Principal 4’
    * Spitz Flöte 2’
    * Mixture II
    * Sharp Mixture III
    * Contra Oboe 16’
    * Cornopean 8’
    * Oboe 8’
    * Clarion 4’
    * Tremulant
    * Octave
    * Unison Off

Positive

    * Gedact 8’
    * Dulciana 8’
    * Gemshorn 4’
    * Dulcet 4’
    * Nazard 22/3’
    * Principal 2’
    * Tierce 13/5’
    * Octavin 1’
    * Cymbel II
    * Cromorne 8’
    * Tuba 8’
    * Swell to Positive

Pedal

    * Open Diapason 16’
    * Sub Bass 16’
    * Principal 8’
    * Flute 8’
    * Fifteenth 4’
    * Mixture III
    * Trombone 16’
    * Trumpet 4’
    * Great to Pedal
    * Swell to Pedal
    * Positive to Pedal
    * 6 pistons on each manual
    * 6 general pistons
    * 6 toe pistons for Pedal
    * 6 toe pistons for Swell
    * Generals on Swell toe

    * 10 memory channels

The magnificent organ in the College Chapel

17 Mixed Singing

Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas

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