Choir scholars play the important role of being the skilled core of the Chapel Choir. Choral scholarships are offered in all voices, via the Intercollegiate Choral Scholarship Auditions held each September. In addition to the subsidised singing lessons and free formal dinners offered to all choir members, choral scholars receive a stipend which is currently £100 per year.
Potential applicants of a choral scholarship are welcome to contact the current organ scholars or Dr Jeremy Thurlow, Director of Studies in Music, for further information.
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The quality of the Frobenius organ at Robinson, together with the opportunity to be in charge of repertoire, rehearsals, concerts and cathedral visits, has attracted some very strong organ scholars over the years. Past organ scholars have included Peter Dyke (Hereford Cathedral) Sarah MacDonald (Selwyn College), Andrew Reid (Westminster Cathedral) and Mark Hindley (Leeds Philharmonic Chorus) among many others who have gone on to a professional career in music. The scholarship at Robinson now combines mentoring and training from Tim Brown, previous Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, with the opportunity for leadership and independence which provides an ideal preparation for a cathedral post or other leading roles.
The Organ Scholars receive free organ lessons and vocal training, and a free formal 3-course dinner after Evensong every Tuesday. They have priority access to the Frobenius throughout the year. They play a leading role in choosing repertoire and planning services, concerts and trips in consultation with Dr Thurlow, the Chaplain and Mr Brown. Organ scholars receive a stipend which is currently £450 per year.
Potential applicants of an organ scholarship are welcome to contact the current organ scholars or Dr Jeremy Thurlow, Director of Studies in Music, for further information. Applications are done via the Intercollegiate Organ Scholarship Auditions.
The Frobenius Organ
Frobenius is a highly regarded Danish organ building company, responsible for the magnificent instrument at Aarhus Cathedral, as well as a select group of admired English instruments including those at Queen's Oxford, Oundle and Robinson. With 26 speaking stops in a continental classical style, the two-manual organ at Robinson has a responsive tracker keyboard action, balanced swell pedal and electrical stop action with a full set of thumb and toe pistons. It is particularly well-suited to Bach and the Baroque and Classical repertoire, but is also well adapted to accompaniment and solo playing in a wide range of repertoire from Stanford to Messiaen. The organ was given a thorough mechanical renovation in January 2009.
View the full organ specification on Robinson College's website.