Organ Scholars


Senior Organ Scholar: Alexander Palotai ARCO

Alexander Palotai began his musical education as a chorister in Chelmsford Cathedral in 2005, where he was later appointed Junior Organ Scholar in 2011. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Sir David Willcocks organ scholarship at Clifton College, where he studied the organ with James Drinkwater and James Hills. Whilst at Clifton he was also organ scholar of Bristol Cathedral. In 2014 he was part of the first class of organists at the Royal Academy of Music’s junior department, where he was taught by Anne Marsden Thomas and Peter Holder. As a soloist he has performed in venues such as Bristol Cathedral, St Lawrence Jewry in London and St Lawrence, Alton, as part of their international recital series. As one of the Junior Organ Scholars at Worcester College, he accompanies the choirs and trains the boy choristers in conjunction with the other Organ Scholars and the Director of Chapel Music. He is currently taught by William Whitehead, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

Junior Organ Scholar: Julia Alsop

Julia Alsop began studying music whilst at The Portsmouth Grammar School, before becoming the youngest founder member of Cantate, the Girls’ Choir at Portsmouth Cathedral, in 2006. At school she held a music scholarship and played in a variety of ensembles, taking lessons in organ, in which she has achieved DipABRSM in performance, as well as studying violin, voice and piano. Julia also studied piano at the junior department of Trinity Laban Conservatoire, winning the opportunity to play in a piano ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. In her final year of sixth form, Julia also took up the Junior Organ Scholarship at Portsmouth Cathedral, where she accompanied the choir every week.

During the summer of 2015 Julia also spent a week studying piano at the Royal Danish Academy of music, and at the Aldeburgh Festival as part of the Hesse Student Scheme. She spent a gap year as Organ Scholar at St Paul’s within the Walls in Rome. Beyond her musical duties at the church, she had opportunities to accompany in Papal Basilicas, as well as singing and playing organ and harpsichord in choral and orchestral concerts.

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