Become a chorister
Salisbury Cathedral School Choristers, encompassing parallel girls and boys choirs, are world-famous, achieving excellence day in and day out as a living part of the Cathedral’s 900-year musical heritage.
Some of the most musically gifted 8-13 year olds in the country make up the 16 girls and 16 boys in our two choirs.
They get to practice and sing some of the most sublime music ever written, pieces from as early as 1100 AD right the way through to current specially commissioned works, in a beautiful and iconic Cathedral setting. Choristers’ lives are enriched by a busy programme of concerts on the national international stage as well as broadcast and recording opportunities and tours abroad. They are also given every opportunity to fully participate in the academic, sporting and cultural life of our school, all the while benefiting from the warmth, care and enormous bonds of friendship developed within a family atmosphere.
‘Be a Chorister for a day’
This is an annual event for children in school years 2, 3 and 4 and it is held on the second Saturday in October. It is a chance to sing with the current choristers, tour the school and take part by singing a portion of the evensong service. Boarding for Choristers is not obligatory but there are a few occasions during the year, for example Easter and Christmas, when the Choristers all board together in order to take the pressure off a packed timetable. Therefore, a tour of the boarding house is also part of the day.
Voice trials and preparation
We want to give Chorister hopefuls every opportunity to be at their best for voice trials and so pre-auditions are arranged in early December each year. We would also encourage a personal informal meeting with our Director of Music, David Halls or Assistant Director of Music, John Challenger who can advise on how to get the optimum benefit from the main voice trials which are held in January for boys in Years 3 and 4 and in February for girls in the same school years. Voice trials include a short singing piece, aural tests and sight singing. We are also always looking out for a genuine enthusiasm and energy too!
Dates for 2020:
- Be A Chorister for a Day (BACFAD): Saturday 10th October 2020 - POSTPONED
- Voice Trial Workshop: Saturday 7th November 2020 - POSTPONED
Dates for 2021:
- Boys' Voice Trials: Saturday 16th January 2021
- Girls' Voice Trials: Saturday, 6th February 2021