Music Scholarships


St Nicolas Church in Guildford is pleased to offer for September 2018 up to four Scholarships every year (three choral scholarships and one organ scholarship). Each scholarship is worth at least £500 per annum.  The church is a warm, living place of prayer and enjoys a close partnership with the other town centre churches.  

This is a new venture for the church and we are very pleased to be working in conjunction with students at the University of Surrey. There is a small choir at present but we hope now to build on this and, with the support of the scholars, recruit more members and start up a junior choir with Choristers. The role of the scholar would be to sing/play at the weekly Sunday morning Eucharist in addition to a Choral Evensong (once a month) and very occasional weekday evening services (festivals). There is currently one choir practice per week which takes place on Sundays after the Sunday morning Eucharist. 

Our Scholarships are available to organists and singers (sopranos, counter-tenors, altos, tenors and basses). The purpose of the Organ and Choral Scholarships at St Nicolas is to support the work of the choir and maintain the standard of music making in the church. The Scholarships are quite flexible, and offer many opportunities: besides singing and playing, scholars have the chance to direct the choir, perform, organise concerts and recitals. It is hoped that in time with the introduction of a junior choir that they may help with the individual training of junior Choristers, and take part in the choir’s various social activities. This is invaluable for students who wish to become teachers or go on to a musical career.

Scholarships are held in conjunction with degree courses (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University of Surrey, but we also welcome gap-year scholars if there was a vacancy. The Scholarships are normally tenable for up to three years, subject to a yearly review. All applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more details please clink on the following website link below or alternatively contact the Director of Music, Timothy Woodford, who is more than happy to answer any questions. Telephone: 07946 326987 Email: or in writing to The Director of Music, St. Nicolas' Church, Bury Street, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AW.