Applications are invited for Choral Scholarships in the voice parts listed

in the choir of St Machar’s Cathedral (Church of Scotland), Old Aberdeen

If you are interested in applying for a Choral Scholarship, you will find below

the answers to questions you may have and contact details. We look forward to hearing from you.  

Who can apply for Choral Scholarships?

Choral Scholarships are suitable both for the more experienced singer who would like to be part of the Cathedral’s musical worship and for the younger singer who will be in a position to benefit through experience in performing and through general development of vocal and music reading skills.

What does the Cathedral Choir sing?

Choral repertoire ranges from the Medieval period to the present day.   On most Sundays the choir sings two anthems.  Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of every month and at major church festivals.  On these and other occasions additional anthems are often sung.  

How long is the period of the Scholarship?

Scholarships are initially awarded for one season (September to June). The award will then be reviewed and may be extended for a further two years.  

How much is the Scholarship worth?

The Scholarship is £800 per season (September to June), normally payable on a monthly basis.

What are we looking for in a Choral Scholar?

The requirements for a Choral Scholar are:

(a) proficiency at music reading

(b) vocal qualities suitable for ensemble singing  

(c) commitment to regular attendance

What does a Choral Scholar have to do?

The functions and duties of Choral Scholars are:

(a) to form a nucleus of proficient singers and readers within the choir

(b) to act as soloist as required

(c) to work in smaller ensembles with other Choral Scholars as required

(d) any other duties as agreed with the Director of Music

When does a Choral Scholar have to be available?

Attendance is essential at:

(a) Friday evening rehearsals

(b) Sunday morning services throughout the choir season

This involves a commitment of approximately three hours per week.   

Attendance would be greatly appreciated at:

(c) Church festivals – i.e. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter etc.

(d) Occasional special Cathedral services and performances

It is understood that educational term breaks and other commitments may make attendance on these occasions difficult. This should be discussed with the Director of Music.

Can a Choral Scholar take a weekend off?

Choral Scholars are entitled to paid leave for 7 weekends in each choir season. Normally this should be outwith major church festivals.

Can I have a trial period before I decide whether I would like to apply for a Choral Scholarship?

We strongly recommend that anyone interested in applying for a Choral Scholarship should join us for at least one Friday evening rehearsal and Sunday morning service to get to know the choir and the Cathedral before deciding whether they wish to apply for a Scholarship. This does not involve any commitment.  

Who should I contact if I have further questions or would like to apply?

Requests for further information or expressions of interest should be addressed to:

Organist and Music Director

Dr. Roger Williams:

Tel. 01651 806634


Scottish Registered Charity SC008157

St Machar’s Cathedral,

The Chanonry,

Old Aberdeen,

AB24 1RQ

Tel. 01224 485988