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Boy Choristers

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A Gloucester Cathedral Chorister is a member of a unique team in which all members play an important part – regardless of age or experience.  When a boy joins the Cathedral Choir, as a Probationer he is fitted out with a ruff (round the neck) and a red cassock. When he has completed his probationary period (usually one year) to the satisfaction of the Director of Music, he is admitted as a full Chorister and gains the white surplice.

A Gloucester Cathedral Chorister sings in this wonderful building almost every day, and benefits from an education in the traditions of English Choral music: these unique benefits cannot be obtained outside this environment.  As well as having the opportunity to make music regularly alongside professional adult colleagues, the music department of the Cathedral ensures that the boys receive an all round musical education. When a boy becomes a Chorister, he receives a Choristership to attend the King's School, Gloucester. Choristers receive a reduction in the School fees at King’s of 75% during their time in the Cathedral Choir, and 60% when they leave the Choir. Many ex-choristers stay on at King’s until the age of 18, and continue to thrive and be involved in the wider King's School community. As part of the scholarship each chorister receives regular singing lessons and instruction on liturgical and religious matters.  Music theory lessons are undertaken by the King’s School in Junior School and by the Cathedral for Senior School choristers.To find out more about King's, and how to apply for a Choristership, please contact the School Admissions Office on 01452 337337 or visit www.thekingsschool.co.uk.

The Choristers gain enormously from their time in the choir and we have no doubt that they learn much which serves them personally, professionally and socially for the rest of their life.   

The commitment of a chorister, and thereby his family for transport, is quite considerable. The weekday routine starts at 8am Monday – Friday (except Thursday, no commitment) with a morning rehearsal until 9.05am. After school and Chorister tea, the rehearsal and Evensong run though until 6.10pm (except Monday and Thursday when there is no afternoon commitment). Saturday routine: 3.00pm-5.15pm; Sunday routine 9.15am – 11.30am and 2.00pm-3.50pm. 

How do I become a chorister?

Prospective Choristers are auditioned by the Director of Music and Canon Precentor between the ages of 6yrs 6mths and 9yrs. It is usual to have an informal Voice Trial, followed some months later by a formal Voice Trial.  If the Director considers that there is potential in a boy he will be accepted as a Probationer Chorister. Applicants are accepted from all areas, however once accepted as a Probationer Chorister the boys attend the King’s School, therefore entrance as a chorister is dependent upon accepted entrance into the school.

If you would like more information about becoming a Boy Chorister or details about how to apply for a Boy Chorister audition, please email choirs@gloucestercathedral.org.uk