Sidney Sussex has a junior and senior Organ Scholar; there are two student organists in residence in any given year.

Organ Scholars

Organ Scholars are provided with an annual stipend, comfortable rooms with a piano, and the costs of organ and singing lessons are borne by the College. On a daily basis the Organ Scholars have access to the 2016 Flentrop organ, the Taylor & Boody chamber organ, the Mietke harpsichord and the Steinway Model D grand piano. They also receive an annual stipend in line with the Cambridge University Organ Scholarships scheme and free organ and singing lessons. Other perks include free national and international tours, Choir formals, and a number of social events throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact the Director of Music or visit the University of Cambridge's Organ Scholarship webpage.

Apply for an Organ Scholarship

You can access full information about applying for an Organ Scholarship on the University website. The University of Cambridge is pleased to confirm that this year's Organ Scholarship Trials will be taking place from 20-23 September, as advertised. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the process will not take place on-site in Cambridge this year but will instead be held remotely. Further details about this necessarily revised process will be provided on the University website in due course, so please check the University website regularly from early July.

Senior Organ Scholar

Hugh Rowlands

Hugh Rowlands, Senior Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex

Hugh Rowlands is the Senior Organ Scholar at Sidney, and a third-year music student. He began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey where he sang in the daily round of services, as well as at numerous special services and state occasions, including the 2011 Royal Wedding and at St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He then went on to be a music and academic scholar at The King’s School, Canterbury where he learnt the organ with David Newsholme and Tom Bell. During his gap year he was Organ Scholar at Royal Hospital Chelsea. In addition to accompanying the choir in their weekly Sunday services, he also appeared with them in concerts in the Royal Hospital’s Wren Chapel and at Cadogan Hall as well as a deputy on the London church music circuit. He appears on two recordings as accompanist to Royal Hospital Choir of previously unrecorded choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams on Albion and a recording of music for Remembrance on SOMM. Hugh has given recitals at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and Holy Trinity, Sloane Square. He takes a keen interest in new music and has appeared with the London Contemporary Orchestra at London’s Union Chapel as well as workshops for Organ Reframed festival, which aims to release the organ from its traditional roots.

Junior Organ Scholar

Emily India Evans

Emily India Evans, Junior Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex

Emily is the new Junior Organ Scholar at Sidney, and a first-year music student. Emily studied at Bromsgrove School, before taking up organ scholarships at St Davids Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Also active as a singer, Emily sang with Ex Cathedra’s Academy of Vocal Music for ten years, and was also a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. Emily is a keen conductor, and enjoyed conducting the choir in services regularly during her year at Windsor. When not practicing, Emily enjoys cycling, walking, cooking, photography and spending time with her friends.