RSCM Pipeline Organ Scholarships

The Royal School of Church Music is offering ten scholarships for teenage musicians, to nurture young talent and create church organists of the future.

Where restricted finances and lack of access to teaching or an instrument may currently be a restraint, we aim to support these scholars in the musical worship of their own church.

Applications are open to students aged 11 to 16. They will also need to:
• have achieved Grade 5 or above (piano)
• commit to 30 church services a year
• commit to 2 hours organ practice a week
• attend at least one half day seminar per year
• intend to serve musically and as a church organist in the future


Tuition will be given by a listed RSCM tutor to a total of 30 hrs pa. One general half-day seminar per year is mandatory and given by senior RSCM staff regionally.


Ten scholarships are available and, subject to successful application, will last initially for two years. Funding by the RSCM will be approximately 50% of costs (may vary according to individual circumstances) with the church and scholar’s family contributing the remainder.


A church musician will liaise with the RSCM regarding progress and playing in church. A mentor (non-musical) will liaise between the church and family to facilitate attendance, practice and other practical matters. The RSCM expects the organ to be in a playable condition and have reliable access for practice sessions.

Who benefits from this scheme?

Scholarship students wishing to become church organists and wishing to serve their church through music. In addition, their churches and communities will benefit from their involvement.

For more information about this scheme contact the education department on 01722 424844 or