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Chorister life - the benefits

Choristers rehearsing
Choristers rehearsing

The musical education that cathedral choristers receive is widely recognised as one of the best in the world. These are some of the skills that choristers will carry with them throughout their lives:

MUSICIANSHIP - choristers are expert singers who learn to perform to the highest standards. During their time with us, the boys develop musical skills on a par with those of many adult professionals. Qualities such as tuning, listening, blend, music-reading, will all develop to a very advanced level.

TEAMWORK - every member of the choir is highly valued as part of the team, from the newest recruits to the most experienced choristers. Even the youngest boys value and enjoy the responsibilities they have to ensure excellent performances. They develop great self-respect and motivation as they work together towards common goals. Being a chorister is one of the few experiences where children perform alongside adults, and are treated on equal terms with them.

TIME MANAGEMENT - choristers are busy, and fit their singing into a normal school routine. They are highly efficient and organised, and often excel in other areas, too.

CONCENTRATION - Alastair Cooke, England cricket captain, is one of the most famous ex-cathedral choristers; he attributes his extraordinary powers of concentration to his time in the choir at St Paul's Cathedral.

ACADEMIC WORK - Recent research in multiple published studies shows that music has positive spin-offs for other areas of children's lives. Children who engage in musical activity can benefit from improved IQ, spatial-temporal awareness and language development. Generally, choristers are academic over-achievers.

PROFESSIONALISM - choristers are normal children who do an extraordinary job. They have lots of fun, play sport, and do all the things that other children do. On top of that, they understand the importance of the focus and exceptional conduct that is needed when they are singing, whether to a cathedral congregation or to a worldwide audience.

PERFORMANCE - choristers quickly gain the confidence to sing to the highest standards in front of large audiences. Choristers are often in the spotlight: not only do they know how to handle this pressure, they enjoy it, too!

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