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Choir

Organ Scholarship

Sandy at OrganPhotograph by Kaupo Kikkas

The College offers an organ scholarship, typically worth £3k 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

Michael Butterfield

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

    * Double Diapason 16
    * Open Diapason I 8
    * Open Diapason II 8
    * Claribel Flute 8
    * Principal 4
    * Stopped Flute 4
    * Fifteenth 2
    * Sesquialtera II 2 2/3
    * Mixture IV 1 1/3
    * Posaune 8
    * Clarion 4

Swell

    * Open Diapason 8
    * Harmonic Flute 8
    * Salicional 8
    * Vox Angelica 8
    * Principal 4
    * Harmonic Flute 4
    * Fifteenth 2
    * Mixture III 1 1/3
    * Contra Hautboy 16
    * Cornopean 8
    * Hautboy 8
    * Vox Humana 8

Choir 

    * Stopped Diapason 8
    * Dulciana 8
    * Gemshorn 4
    * Lieblich Flute 4
    * Nazard 2 2/3
    * Flageolet 2
    * Tierce 1 3/5
    * Corno di Bassetto 8

Pedal

    * Open Diapason 16
    * Bourdon 16
    * Principal 8
    * Bass Flute 8
    * Fifteenth 4
    * Mixture III 3 1/5
    * Trombone 16
    * Trumpet 8

The magnificent organ in the College Chapel

17 Mixed Singing

Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas

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