Louis, 12, strikes the right note as Oxford University's youngest organist


A 12-year-old schoolboy has become the youngest person to play the organ for an Oxford University college.

Louis Moss, from Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, began playing the piano when he was six but only tried the organ for the first time just over a year ago. 

He has now gained a scholarship to play the instrument at Jesus College where he will start to perform hymns for services in the spring.

Louis, who is a student at The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, is thought to be one of only 750 young people learning the organ in the UK. 

He said: "It is great to play such an amazing instrument. I am looking forward to improving further through my organ scholarship at Jesus College."

Sir Nigel Shadbolt, principal of Jesus College, said: "We are delighted to have Louis with us.

"By starting a young music scholarship scheme here - the first of its kind in an Oxford or Cambridge college - we are creating more opportunities to connect local state schools with Jesus College, through music."

The scholarship scheme, run in conjunction with the Young Organ Scholars' Trust, hopes to reverse the declining numbers of organists in the country.