Become a Chorister

The experience of being a Chorister is exciting and fun, and develops valuable skills that will last a lifetime.


Life as a chorister

Choristers spend about 18 hours each week rehearsing and singing services, as well studying two instruments and following a full school curriculum of academic work, sport and drama – on top of performing at concerts at home and abroad.

Choristers enjoy an excellent academic education at the Prebendal School, a co-ed, independent prep school immediately adjacent to the Cathedral – named by the Telegraph as one of the best value prep schools in the country (January, 2020).

The musical and academic education is a springboard for future success. Many Choristers go on to win scholarships at prestigious secondary schools, where their choral training, discipline and team skills are highly valued. 

Scholarships are awarded to all Choristers, and additional bursaries are available on a means-tested basis.


How to become a chorister

Find out more about the Choristers of Chichester Cathedral at an annual Open Day, taking place on Saturday 5th March 2022, 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.

This event is suitable for girls and boys in Years 2 and 3, as well as their parent/guardians. On the day, children will have the opportunity to take part in an informal workshop with professional Voice Coach and opera singer Marcia Bellamy, to meet existing Choristers and Organist and Master of the Choristers Charles Harrison.

We do not expect candidates 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.

If you wish to book your space, or simply have further questions, please contact charlotte.rattray@chichestercathedral.org.uk or 01243 812 488.

pancake flipping
choir singing
choir singing by candlelight at Advent Procession
choir singing at the Southern Cathedral's Festival
the choir under the Advent wreath