Organ Scholarship at Aberdeen University

Matthew McVey writes:

I started my organ education aged 14 with our parish priest who had formally been an organ builder. At the time, I had ambitions to go and study medicine at university with the view to becoming a GP but when I was 15 I was appointed as Organist to St Ninian’s Parish Church in Nairn linked with Auldearn Parish and so spent my Sundays in church playing. I loved the experience and soon came to the decision that this is what I wanted to do full time.

I started studying at the University of Aberdeen in 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed it thus far (despite Covid and its hinderances). I also took the post of Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Church when I started Uni; and since August of last year have been playing at the 8am mass at St Mary’s RC Cathedral. 

Aside from music, I love nothing more than being out in the countryside walking and taking in the beautiful scenery of Aberdeenshire and further afield. Nothing beats a good book of an evening either! 


To leave a donation, or find out more about the trust, please contact:

Mrs Margaret Frank,
5 Disblair Road,
AB21 0PU


Supported Groups: The Arts

Aberdeen Art Gallery; Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra; Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society; Aberdeen International Youth Festival; Aberdeen Sinfonietta; Big Noise (Torry); Children’s Classic Concerts; Dee and Don Ceilidh; Fleeman; Garidge Theatre; Grampian Youth Orchestra; Haddo Arts Festival; Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society; Inverurie Music; Magnetic North; National Theatre of Scotland; National Youth Orchestra of Scotland; North East of Scotland Music School; Opera Bohemia; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Scottish Ballet; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Scottish Dance Theatre; Scottish Ensemble; Scottish Opera; Scrapers and Tooters; Shazam Theatre Company; Sound Festival;

Supported Groups: Charitable Youth and Community Centres

Aberdeen Cyrenians; Belhelvie Community Trust; Cromar Future Project; Drop In (Aboyne); Elgin Youth Development Group; Formartine Youth Project; Gordon Riding for the Disabled; Hearts and Minds; Hopscotch; Inchgarth Community Centre; Kayleigh’s Wee Stars; Logie Coldstone Trust; Maryculter Riding for the Disabled; Maryculter Woodland Trust; Midmar Hall; Monymusk Play Park; NSPCC Childline; Poppy Scotland; Red Cross; Robert Gordon University Foundation; Salvation Army; Sea Scouts; Tarland Bee Group; Teapot Trust; Udny Green Hall

Supported Groups: Ecumenical Christian

Belhelvie Parish Church; Haddo House Chapel; New Community Church (Inverurie); St Andrew’s Cathedral (Aberdeen)