Choristers at Chichester sing in the glorious acoustics of the Cathedral, give concerts at home and abroad, and enjoy an excellent academic education at The Prebendal School. The experience of being a chorister is exciting and fun, and develops valuable skills that will last a lifetime.
The choristers sing regular services during term time: Evensong on most days, as well as Mattins and the Eucharist on Sundays. The choristers also take part in tours, CD recordings, special services and broadcasts. A highlight of the year is a week of Christmas concerts at the famous Chichester Festival Theatre, where the choristers sing to a combined audience of over 5,000.
Choir activities are carefully planned to allow the boys to follow the normal school curriculum, including sport and drama. Choristers all have individual singing lessons, and learn the piano and an orchestral instrument. Many go on to win scholarships at secondary schools, where their training as a chorister is highly valued. Recently, two Chichester boys have won the BBC Chorister of the Year competition. During their first year, the boys are known as ‘probationers’ and are given a grounding in vocal technique, sight singing and the structure of services. They are promoted to full choristers at a special ceremony during a Eucharist service, and will then play a full part in life of the choir.
We do not expect boys to have any musical experience when they join the choir. Some do, but many do not. We look for energy, enthusiasm and good reading skills. If candidates can pitch notes accurately (sing back notes played on the piano) that is another promising sign.
Substantial scholarships are awarded to all choristers, and additional bursaries are available on a means-tested basis. The annual open day is held in March, but we are delighted to meet potential candidates for an informal audition at any time. Choristers usually join us in year 3 or 4, but vacancies occasionally arise in other year groups. Please contact Charles Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org