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While not one of the “traditional” musical Colleges, Sidney is proud of its long-standing commitment to musical excellence, which it supports in its students through a variety of schemes.

  • Choral Scholarships of £100 per annum, normally tenable for three years, are offered each year, for all voices. The award includes free singing tuition. Holders of Choral awards form the nucleus of the Chapel Choir. Members of the Choir are expected to attend all rehearsals and services, participate in periodic concerts, recordings, tours, etc, and take an active part in the general musical life of the College.
  • Instrumental Awards of £100 per annum, renewable annually, are offered every year for certain instruments. For details, see the current Cambridge Admissions Prospectus [PDF 629KB] .
  • Organ Scholarships of £450 per annum, normally tenable for three years, are offered in two out of every three years. The awards include free organ tuition. The Organ Scholar's responsibilities include playing for Sunday morning services and any other non-Choral services and assisting the Director of Music in the preparation of all choral services and practice. The Scholar is expected to take a leading part in the musical life of the College, to conduct and to arrange concerts in consultation with the Director of Music.
  • The Pritchard Kennedy Choral Composition Award was established by Mr Matt Pritchard (1996) and Mr John Kennedy (1996) in November 2006 to encourage University students to develop their creative skills through musical composition and thereby to build a body of music written specially for Sidney Sussex College and its choir.
  • Established in 2007, the Charles Larkum Fund for Music is the latest commitment by the College to support the development of its students’ musical talents, and the enjoyment of music by all College members.

The College also participates in the general awards scheme run centrally through the University. The College has a junior and senior Organ Scholar, so that there are two student organists in residence in any given year. Outside the Choral Scholarships competition, we also welcome applications from graduate students. For further information, please contact the Osborn Director of Music, Dr David Skinner (, Tel. +44 1223 7 61563) or visit the websites for the University Choral Awards and University Organ Scholarships.