The Cathedral Choir offers choristerships for boys and girls. The boy choristers sing the greater portion of all the sung services (5 days a week on a regular basis) and are complemented by the girls who mainly sing services on Saturdays. Prospective choristers should normally be aged between 6 and 10 (boys) or between 12 and 15 (girls). Places are highly sought-after and are offered through an audition process. Boy choristerships are required to attend the King's School and are given a 50% bursary towards their fees for the duration of their time in the choir. The girls attend a variety of local schools. The current girls information leaflet is downloadable here. Those wishing to seek further help and advice usually make contact in the first instance with the Organist & Director of Music, Peter Nardone, to arrange an initial meeting and an informal vocal assessment.
Choristers need to have some instrumental experience, even if only at a basic level for 6 and 7 year olds. Their audition will require them to do some simple warm-up exercises and to sing a pre-prepared song of their own choice. They will then be given a sequence of aural tests which will ascertain their musical potential in both pitch and rhythm. They will be given a passage of prose or poetry to read at sight and will be asked to perform on their chosen instrument. We are looking for youngsters with potential and energy to become part of this exceptional choir and to maintain the wonderful centuries-old tradition into the future.
An alternative for boys is provided by the Voluntary Choir: a robed choir of boys and men which sings the 6.30 Sunday service each week as well as making visits to Diocesan churches and occasionally further afield. All boys with unbroken voices will be considered for membership, but preferably they should be aged between 7 and 11 years of age. The Voluntary Choir Choristers rehearse twice a week on Tuesday and Friday evenings and have a fine record of achievement through the RSCM chorister award scheme. Boys interested in joining should contact Justin Miller for further details.
Click on this link for more detailed information about our choirs (including the adult Chamber Choir) and for video and sound files.