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Posted December 4th, 2023

Organ scholarship

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Are you a talented musician, a good pianist (Grade7+) and already learning to play the organ?

If so you could apply to be our next Organ Scholar with a great package of learning and playing opportunities. Establish your regular practice sessions on the well-maintained 2-manual Father Willis organ. The stipend of £1200 for a full year (or pro-rata if the scholarship is less than 12 months) covers regular organ lessons with the teacher of your choice. Your mentor will be Alison Smart Fisher, a professional choir director and experienced teacher who will liaise with your organ teacher to ensure good progress is made during your scholarship at St Mary-at-Finchley.

Come and be part of the music team at this vibrant RSCM-affiliated parish church in North London! Former Organ Scholars in this scheme include Damon Ying (ARCO) and Drew Sellis (Organ Scholar, Jesus College Cambridge). If you’d like more information or to chat about whether this is the right scholarship for you please contact Alison Fisher

How to apply: Please send your CV, with an email detailing your reasons for applying, to:
Reverend Philip Davison, email:, copying in the Director of Music,
Mrs Alison Smart Fisher, email:

When you send your email application please attach a short unedited recording of yourself playing three verses of the hymn ‘Angel voices ever singing’ (tune: Angel Voices- contact Alison Fisher if you’d like a copy) and a short organ (1-2 mins max) organ piece of your choice suitable to play in church. Short-listed candidates will be invited for audition and interview on a Sunday morning in late Feb/March 2024 (dates tbc); music items for this will be notified 3 weeks in advance.

We look forward to receiving your application!!
Closing date: Sunday February 3rd 2024
St Mary-at-Finchley is an Anglican church committed to equal opportunities and is a member of Inclusive Church.

Organ Scholarship – Download Brochure