Aspiring organists are invited to apply for a scholarship with the Down and Dromore and Connor Organ Scholarship Management Board.
The scholarships are intended to train musicians in the service of the church, in the Anglican tradition both at the organ and in leading a choir. Tuition in choral training is an integral part of the course.
No previous experience is necessary but applicants should be proficient on the keyboard to approximately grade five piano or equivalent. There are no lower or upper age limits and candidates who have previously been unsuccessful are welcome to re–apply.
The Board’s tutors are Dr Donald Davison, St John’s, Malone; Mr Michael McCracken, Down Cathedral; Mr Ian Mills, St Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry; and Mr Philip Stopford, at St Molua’s, Stormont. Lessons will generally be given in these churches.
The Board usually awards six scholarships annually, dividing them between the two dioceses. Scholarships are tenable for three years, subject to a satisfactory assessment at the end of each of the first two years. Tuition is delivered fortnightly, free of charge, by one of the tutors and a certificate is awarded on completion of the course.
Application forms are available from rectors or from Church of Ireland House, Donegall Street, Belfast. Completed forms should be submitted to St Molua’s Rectory, 3 Rosepark, Belfast, BT5 7RG, no later than Friday March 23.