Bristol Pupil Holds Willcocks Organ Scholarship

  13 year-old Ida Hayes, a pupil at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, is learning to play the organ, thanks to a scholarship from the David Willcocks Music Trust. Ida is a cathedral chorister and also plays the piano and bassoon. She started lessons last September with Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers, Mark Lee, … Continue reading →

Former Chorister Checks Out 21st Century Boarding!

Alistair Pollard, Chairman of The Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Associations (FCOCA), took time off from the Federation’s AGM in Oxford on 6 May to meet up with Christ Church Cathedral School head, Richard Murray, to tour the School’s recently refurbished boarding accommodation. Following the visit Alistair said: “These boarding facilities are considerably more comfortable than what I … Continue reading →

CSA Welcomes Old Chorister Federation Chairman

The Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Association (FCOCA) is the umbrella organisation for old (former) chorister associations at more than 50 cathedrals and other choral foundations. CSA was delighted to see FCOCA Chairman, Alastair Pollard, at its Annual Conference in Durham in early May and invited him to tell you more about the Association and its work.. … Continue reading →

Boy Choristers Inspire the Next Generation at King’s Ely

  PUPILS at King’s Ely were in their element discovering more about what it is like to be an Ely Cathedral Boy Chorister. Boys in Year 2 at King’s Ely Acremont joined the Year 3 and 4 King’s Ely Junior cathedral choristers for an action-packed afternoon. First of all, they learnt all about the cathedral … Continue reading →

Singing helps keep ‘internal chatter’ at bay says CSA Chair

  Singing is a highly effective way of helping to deal with mental ‘chatter’ and today’s demanding lifestyle, CSA Chairman Paul Smith, said in his address at this year’s Annual Conference in Durham. This was just one of a feast of brilliant contributors, debate and fun enjoyed by choir school heads over two superb days designed by … Continue reading →

St John’s College School Pupil Enjoys Success!

  Blake Chen, a Year 8 pupil at St John’s College School in Cambridge, has been very busy in recent weeks. He took part in a piano masterclass with Peter Donohoe in January, and two months later gave a lunchtime recital at school, performing Beethoven’s F major Sonata, Op. 10, no. 2 and Ravel’s Sonatine. As Simon Kirk, the … Continue reading →

Hereford Cathedral School success in Schools’ Challenge

A four-boy team from Hereford Cathedral School reached the finals of the senior Schools’ Challenge 2017, the national general knowledge competition for schools in the UK. The Final at Westminster School on Sunday 23 April was the culmination of a hard fought competition which started at regional level. The 15 regional winners then played an inter-regional round, … Continue reading →

St John’s College Choir Scoops Top BBC Magazine Prize

  The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, is the first collegiate or cathedral choir to win BBC Music Magazine’s Award for ChoralMusic for its recording of Deo, a collection of sacred works by the late composer and College Honorary Fellow, JonathanHarvey.  The Magazine is the world’s best-selling classical music monthly, and the awards are the only … Continue reading →

New SAS Memorial Art Installation Opened in Hereford Cathedral

Ascension, dedicated to the Special Air Service in Hereford Cathedral went on show on Saturday, 8 April. Designed by Royal Academy sculptor, John Maine, the magnificent sculpture and stained glass window has been two years in the making, with the nine metre-high installation comprising 3,000 pieces of European glass in 40 different colours.  It was assembled … Continue reading →

Choir schools make top dorms list!

Congratulations to two CSA members for making ‘The 6 smartest boarding school dorms in the country’ list in the 2017 Tatler Schools Guide. They are Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford and The Pilgrims’ School in Winchester. First let’s put the spotlight on Pilgrims’ School, Winchester, where nearly all Year 8 boys will be boarding in September- a higher percentage … Continue reading →

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