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Organ Scholar

The Organ Scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral is an ideal opportunity for a gap-year or postgraduate student to experience all aspects of cathedral music in a unique setting. The Organ Scholar works closely with David Halls and John Challenger, and works very regularly with the Cathedral Choir as an organ accompanist, and with the choristers in rehearsal. There are also conducting opportunities. Salisbury boasts an extensive line of former Organ Scholars, many of whom are now distinguished cathedral musicians.


Our current Organ Scholar is Daniel Mathieson, who comes to Salisbury having been Organ Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford. Dan was born in Norwich and grew up in Yorkshire, studying the organ at York Minster. As Senior Organ Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, Dan directed and accompanied services, concerts and tours, alongside training the probationers and choristers of the boys’ choir. 


"The Organ Scholar is a full and important member of a friendly team who will see at first hand cathedral music making of the highest quality. Whether or not you are considering a career in church music, this is a wonderful opportunity for a talented, hard working and organised young musician." says David Halls, Director of Music.


David Halls welcomes enquiries from potential Organ Scholars, and is available at any time to discuss at further length what the position involves. He can be contacted on 01722 555125, or at


The application pack for the 2018-19 Organ Scholarship is now available here: The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 14 September 2017, and auditions will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017.