Be a Chorister for a Day

Many cathedrals hold Be a Chorister for a Day or chorister open days  to give children a taste of what life is like as a cathedral chorister. The idea was pioneered by Salisbury Cathedral and many more have followed suit. Check out the individual websites using the links to members to see if a cathedral near you does this.

October 

  • King’s College Choir Cambridge will be holding a Chorister Experience Day on Saturday 7 October. The day is designed for boys in Years 2 and 3, giving them and their parents an opportunity to find out more about being a chorister at King’s. You will meet the choristers, see where they live, meet the staff who look after them, and sing in the magnificent King’s College Chapel. Please email Sarah Williams at choristers@kings.cam.ac.uk to register your interest in the day.
  • Westminster Abbey Choir’s next Chorister Experience day is on Saturday 7 October. Boys aged 7-8 are welcome to come along, join the choir in rehearsal, see behind the scenes at the Abbey, have tea with the choristers and sing in the world famous Abbey Choir at Evensong. Advance booking is essential to please download the registration form from the Abbey Website and email Therese Gordon-Duffy at  choirschool@westminster-abbey.org or telephone her on 020 7222 6151.

“You don’t need to be an experienced singer when you start – The Abbey provides all the training. We look for boys who enjoy singing and have a clear voice and a good ‘musical’ ear.”

James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey 

  • Winchester Cathedral’s Be a Chorister for a Day will be held on Saturday 7 October. There will also be a Pilgrims’ School Open Morning on Saturday 14 October. Please contact the Registrar at  admissions@pilgrims-school.co.uk or by telephone on 01962 854189.
  • Peterborough Cathedral has a Be a Chorister for a Day event on Saturday 7 October from 10am – 1pm. Boys and girls in school Year 2 are welcome to come along and find out what it’s like to be a Cathedral chorister. There will be musical acitivities, a tour of the Cathedral and a chance to meet some of the current choristers. The children will also sing at a short service in the Cathedral at 12.30pm when parents and visitors are invited to attend. It is essential to book a place so contact Penny Wood on 01733 355318 or email her at penny.wood@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk
  • Durham Cathedral and The Chorister School are holding an Open Morning on Saturday, 14 October for boys and girls aged 3-13. Click here for What’s happening on 14 October or contact Katie Randle by email at  katie.randle@thechoristerschool.com or by telephone on 0191 3842935. Scroll down and check out the Cathedral’s Be a Chorister for a Day on Saturday 4 November.
  • Wells Cathedral School are organising their next Be a Chorister for a Day event on Saturday 14 October from 11am-5pm. The day will include singing games, learning about the Cathedral and finding out what a chorister really does. Lunch is provided, and at the end of the day the children sing Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. In the afternoon parents can take a tour of Wells Cathedral School, and have afternoon tea in Vicars’ Hall before Evensong.  If you know a child who will be aged between 7 and 9 on this date and would like to take part, please send your contact details to Melanie Lawlor in the Music Office by emailing: musicoffice@wellscathedral.uk.net or telephone her on 01749 674483. Places are limited, so please register early.
  • Guildford Cathedral’s Be a Chorister for the Day is on Sunday 15 October 2-6pm. This is an annual event and gives a great introduction to Cathedral choir singing. Boys (6-8) and Girls (8-11) can enjoy learning new music, singing a service with the Cathedral Choir, have a tour and lots of fun and games. Admission £6 per child. To register for a place please get in touch with Carolyn Howard-Jones on 01483 547868 or liturgymusic@guildford-cathedral.org

November

  • Norwich Cathedral, in conjunction with Norwich School, are hosting their first ever Be a Chorister day on Saturday, 4 November. Boys and girls of primary school age can come along to the Cathedral to see what it is like to sing there alongside current boy and girl choristers. The day starts at 11.30 and finishes after Evensong at 4.15. For more information you can register online at Norwich School’s website www.norwich-school.org.uk/admissions/register-your-interest/ or you can contact Mrs Tracy Bigwood either by email music@cathedral.org.uk or telephone 01603 218306. Lots more information if you click on Norwich flier Nov 17
  • Durham Cathedral’s Be a Chorister for a Day is on Saturday, 4 November, starting at 2.30pm. More information from the Cathedral on 0191 374 4066 or email music@durhamcathedral.co.uk  Find out What’s happening on 4 November
  • Tewkesbury Abbey: Be a Chorister for a Day event is on Monday 14 November, starting at 2pm. The boys are invited to Dean Close Preparatory School and parents have a chance to meet key members of staff and receive a short presentation about what it means to be a Chorister at Tewkesbury Abbey.  Meanwhile the boys will enjoy some professional singing coaching, both from Director of the Schola Cantorum and other key music staff. After a break they can enjoy football with some of the present choristers, before being taken to the magnificent Tewekesbury Abbey, where they will rehearse for Evensong. Evensong starts at 5.15pm when parents are welcome to come and watch and meet other parents and staff members. For more information please contact Katie Wells at klwells@deanclose.org.uk or telephone 01242 258024.

January 2018

  • Lichfield Cathedral’s next Be a Chorister for a Day is on Saturday, 20 January 2018 from 9.30am to 3.00pm. The day is for boys aged 6-11 and girls aged 9-13. An action-packed day of singing workshops, vocal tuition and learning about the life of a chorister. Lunch is included and the children will sing during the Eucharist service. For more information and a registration form go to www.lichfieldcathedralschool.com or contact Jo Brown on 01543 306169 or jbrown@lichfieldcathedralschool.com