'It is incredible to think that these mature vocalists are mere students' The Times
King's College Organ Scholars
Originally from Belfast (a small town in north-western Europe), Dónal is currently in his second year reading music at King’s. His musical career began as a chorister in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, where he began his piano and organ tuition alongside another member of The King’s Men, who shall remain nameless. A keen pianist, Donal studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, but he eventually abandoned this when he realised the organ is the same but with added foot bits. This led him to continue his organ studies with David Goode in England, where he was described as ‘Ireland’s greatest musical export since Jedward’. Outside of practising the organ, Dónal can often be found training the choral scholars in Irish colloquialisms, much to the amusement of the senior organ scholar.
Although his sterilised accent might be deceiving, Henry hails from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, although any evidence of this has been removed from his persona—except his fervent passion for real ale. He spent a year before coming to Cambridge as the organ scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, where this passion was tenderly nurtured until he reached maximum saturation just before arriving. He now keeps himself to himself, rarely being seen out in Cambridge but more often being spotted taking early morning walks, dressed more formally than the hour demands. His organ career can be traced closely via the websites of many northern newspapers, where his commitment to playing the organ is made undeniable - 'I just love playing the organ', Telegraph and Argus, 14/9/12. Henry enjoys being the 'senior organ scholar', particularly the ability to demonstrate to the world his love of Britney Spears, through pre-service improvisations.