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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 Samuel Bristow, who comes to Salisbury having been Organ Scholar at Birmingham Cathedral. Sam will leave Salisbury in August 2020 to take up the Organ Scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral. The Organ Scholar for the academic year 2020/21 is Eleanor Carter, who will join the Cathedral for part of the next academic year. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we regret that we shall not be recruiting for the post of Organ Scholar for the academic year 2021/22.


"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


Our current practice is to hold auditions in mid to late September (i.e. almost twelve months before the appointment begins). The application deadline is usually early in September, and the job details and an application form are usually available on the Cathedral's website from July, under the 'Work for us' tab. Please note, however, that this pattern will not apply to 2021/22, for the reason outlined above.