Mitchell wins Organ Scholarship

TBSHS Student taking a Gap Year at Chichester Cathedral

Date published: Fri 6 Oct 2017   Author: HLH   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

High School Pupil wins Organ Scholarship


Talented TBSHS sixth-former Mitchell Farquharson has won a Scholarship to study the Organ at Chichester Cathedral next year.

Mitchell who is studying, Music, Maths and Physics at A Level competed against fierce competition to win his place.

Mitchell has been learning the organ for four years having moved on to it after learning the piano up to Grade 5, because he finds it more exciting that the piano.

He has lessons at St Michael’s Church in Bishop’s Stortford under Richard Carr, Director of Music and will be taking his ABRSM Grade 8 shortly.

Mitchell particularly enjoys playing the organ repertoire and finds playing the organ more exciting than playing the piano.

The idea of an organ scholarship came to him in 2015, when he arranged to visit the Director of Music, David Flood, at Canterbury Cathedral for advice and guidance. Inspired to take a Gap Year, Mitchell applied to Chichester Cathedral for an Organ Scholarship and earlier this week attended for an audition, competing against other candidates from all across the country, before being offered his place starting in September next year.

After his year in Chichester, Mitchell hopes to go to university to read music, and is currently considering applying for another organ scholarship whilst at University.

Mr Mike Cosadinos, Subject Leader for Music commented “All the staff at TBSHS are very proud of Mitchell’s achievements.  He had to undergo a rigorous interview and audition process against some fierce competition.  The offer of this scholarship is confirmation of his musical expertise, his exceptional skills as an organist and his general attitude to work.  We all wish him the greatest success in this privileged position.”

Mr Rob Stark, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixthform added “Gap years are an excellent way of gaining fantastic learning and development opportunities, whilst having a university place already secured. Mitchell has worked really hard for this opportunity and is a credit to the School. I am sure Mitchell will have a great experience and we look forward to hearing how he is getting on”