Dedicated musician Luke has been appointed Organ Scholar of Worcester Cathedral for 2020-21. He will play for some Cathedral services and help train the choristers. Luke, who is currently studying Music, History and English, plans to apply for an Organ Scholarship at Oxford University after spending time at Worcester. He is increasingly in demand as an organist, following his impressive performances at last summer’s ‘Oundle for Organists’ course. He has been awarded three organ recitals at prestigious venues across England. The public will have the chance to see him perform at three concerts during 2020, at Clare College, Cambridge, St Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich, and Bristol Cathedral. Opportunities to perform solo at important churches, colleges and cathedrals are hard to win, and Luke, who is only 17, beat pupils several years older than himself to achieve these offers. Luke also plays the harpsichord and is a member of Chapel Choir.
Luke said of his success, “I’m very excited to begin working at Worcester Cathedral next year, where all the skills I’ve accumulated here at Winchester will surely prove invaluable. The music department and chapel are hugely supportive of the organ playing of myself and the other students – especially in regards to achieving individual goals and targets. I will miss it greatly next year, though I’m sure the younger organists in the college will continue to enjoy the successes in Organ Scholarships the college has always had.”
12th February 2021
To mark Ash Wednesday next week our College Chaplain, the Rev Ross Maidment, has prepared this podcast to share with our community.
16th October 2020
'A Winter's Night' is a wonderful collection of Christmas classics and choral music from Winchester's Chapel Choir. Released on Signum records on 16 October 2020.
1st June 2020
Two brothers write of their experiences of lockdown together, with one studying for exams, and the other continuing his singing, remotely.
31st May 2020
Quiristers have been singing at Winchester College since 1394. The current situation could not be allowed to disrupt that tradition. Therefore online rehearsals and recording individual voices remotely have become the new ways of keeping the sound of Chapel Choir with us.
13th April 2020
In celebrating Easter - despite being separated from one another - James McKinnel finds reassurance that love, life and hope will win out in the end.
6th April 2020
Marking the start of Holy Week, the College Chaplain considers how we keep going when told to socially distance ourselves from ones we love.