Music Scholarships

St Mary’s Ewell has long enjoyed a great musical tradition. The mixed choir leads traditional worship (BCP and Common Worship) with a broad range of high quality choral music, accompanied by the fine ‘Father’ Willis organ. There are cathedral visits from time to time, plus various social events.

Organ & Choral Scholarships

Scholarships are primarily intended for school pupils in years 10 to 13 or undergraduate students, and are suitable for those hoping to apply for Music Scholarships in further education or those (of any age) who are planning to enter the music profession.

Music Scholars from St Mary’s have gone on to study at various Conservatoires and Universities. Some have become Lay Clerks in Cathedral Choirs, one is now a much sought after concert soloist and opera singer, and others are pursuing active musical careers. Over the years our Organ Scholars have included Jeremy Barham and Timothy Burke (Exeter College, Oxford). More recently, our 2007/09 Organ Scholar, Jeremy Cole, spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral before going to Trinity College, Cambridge. He is now Assistant Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-fields, London. Maks Adach was here from 2009/2011 before going to Exeter College, Oxford to read music. He is now Master of Music at Pusey House, Oxford. Maks was followed by Jonny Allsopp (2011/2013) who also spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral before going to Durham University where he is also the Organ Scholar at Durham cathedral. In September 2017, he takes up the Organ Scholarship at Westminster Cathedral.

Our Choral Scholars have been equally successful. Recent examples include

  • Matthew Smith went on to be a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Eleanor Penfold did postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music.
  • Nick Robertson is studying Music at Hull University
  • Elizabeth Humphries went to Manchester University achieving a first in Music and is now doing Postgraduate Singing Studies at Trinity College, London and is a member of Genesis Sixteen.
  • Elizabeth Searle and Matthew Woolley went on to be Choral Scholars at Oriel College, Oxford
  • Rhian Davies left to be a Choral Scholar at Robinson College, Cambridge

Availability – Each Academic Year

Choral scholarships and organ scholarships

(values depending upon the number and quality of applicants)

  • All Scholars receive general music coaching, and help with preparation for university music scholarship examinations, or music college entrance examinations, if required.
  • Choral Scholars will also receive free vocal tuition leading to National Chorister Awards and, in addition to the scholarship, receive standard fees for weddings and funerals. (Singers who are also organists may be given free use of the organ).
  • The Organ Scholar will also receive three free organ lessons per term, plus free use of the ‘Father’ Willis organ, and the opportunity to take part in services, as appropriate.

For further information, please contact our Director of Music, Jonathan Holmes, through our Contact Us page.

NEW – Junior Choral Scholarships

Our parish choir is now offering junior choral scholarships. We are looking for children of primary school age or years 7-9 at secondary school. The duties are one service in term time on Sundays and one practice on Fridays 7pm-8.15pm. Choristers receive a first-rate musical education, which will give a lifetime’s pleasure, and membership of our choir has often led to choral scholarships at university. Junior Choral Scholars receive £300 a year scholarship. For further information, please contact our Director of Music, Jonathan Holmes, through our Contact Us page.


St Mary’s Ewell is registered as a charity under the name of THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF EWELL
Registered Charity No 1128409