The organ scholar plays an important role in the choral music tradition at Truro Cathedral. Each year an organ scholar is appointed. The role includes; aiding the director and assistant director of music in daily rehearsal and training of Truro Cathedral Choir girl and boy choristers, planning the service music, directing and accompanying two of the seven services sung by the choir, and helping to oversee the administration of the music department. They also look after the music library and assist with looking after visiting recitalists and other administrative work. Accommodation is provided, as it is for choral scholars. Many former holders of this post are now professional organists occupying significant positions nationally and abroad.
Truro Cathedral has three organs. The Father Willis organ (4 manuals, 45 speaking stops) dates from 1887, is widely considered to be one of Willis’ greatest achievements and attracts many players of international calibre to Truro Cathedral each year. The Byfield organ in St Mary’s Aisle (2 manuals, 12 speaking stops) dates from c 1750 and was completely overhauled in 1984 and cleaned in 2002. In 1997 a Chamber Organ for the Cathedral was built by the Northamptonshire builder Kenneth Tickell.
The choir has a large repertoire and there is an opportunity for organ scholars who wish to accompany specific repertoire.
If you are interested in applying to be an organ scholar please contact the director of music, Christopher Gray firstname.lastname@example.org