Choral Scholarships


Choral Scholarships at Worcester College, Oxford

Worcester College was founded in 1714 on the site of a Benedictine house of studies which itself was founded in 1283. Today its beautiful eighteenth-century Chapel is home to a varied and dynamic music programme of services and concerts, run by the Director of Chapel Music and organ scholars.

Worcester College is unique in Oxford in maintaining two choirs who share the duties of singing services in the chapel week by week. Two services per week are sung by the choir of boy trebles and choral scholars, and two are sung by the mixed choir of undergraduate sopranos and choral scholars. Soprano choral scholars, therefore, sing at approximately two services per week and alto (female and male), tenor, and bass choral scholars sing at approximately four services.

Choral scholars, who are appointed by competitive audition, will gain experience in preparing and performing a wide range of service music with a high turnover of repertoire; rehearsing for and performing in concerts in Oxford, London, and elsewhere; and working on technique and solo repertoire with professional tuition.


All scholars receive a generous amount of professional vocal tuition, paid for by the College, and regular preparation for private lessons is expected.

Worcester College has a thriving Music Society which puts on weekly recitals to which choral scholars regularly contribute. Worcester is proud to offer students the resources, support and opportunity for its choral scholars to put on their own projects and performances should they wish to. In recent years this has involved concerto performances, performances with period instruments, harpsichord performances and working with a consort of voices in close harmony.




In recognition of the commitment of a choral scholar, and to enable students to develop a wide range of skills, Worcester College provides its choral scholars with:

  • Singing lessons
  • A £200 stipend
  • Free three-course meals after each service
  • Annual tours with the choirs and regular trips within the UK and abroad

For further information, please see the Chapel website for news, details of services, and to read the choir’s blog. The Director of Chapel Music, Thomas Allery ([email protected]), is always pleased to hear from and meet potential candidates, and is happy to answer any questions.