Boy Choristers

Heavenly voices

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 cravat (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. 

From 2020 for boys and 2021 for girls, Gloucester Cathedral Choristers will attend the King’s School with a Choral Scholarship of 40% of School fees. For pupils who require further financial support, additional means-tested bursaries may be available from the School or from external organisations. This highly prestigious award is divided between Gloucester Cathedral (20%) and The King’s School (20%) from the time the Chorister joins the Choir. On leaving the choir, the pupil is able to apply for a music scholarship from the School until their education is completed. Ex-Choristers are encouraged to take a full part in school music and to join the Cathedral Youth 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 The King's School www.thekingsschool.co.uk.

 

Choir Policies

For details of the  various policies relating to all the Cathedral Choirs, please click here


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