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 St Paul’s Cathedral School in the late 1990’s. In November 2000 Salisbury Cathedral School coined the phrase BACFAD and many more have since followed suit. Check out the individual websites using the links to members to see if a cathedral near you does this.

Meanwhile some dates to note: 

November 2018 

Cheltenham: Tuesday, 13 November Be a Chorister for a Day at Dean Close Preparatory School, choir school for Tewkesbury Abbey.  A chance to rehearse with the choristers and sing Evensong in Tewkesbury Abbey as well as to meet Cassian, newly-crowned BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year 2018! For more information take a look here.

For more information please telephone Jane Lyons on 01242 258001 or

Manchester: The next BACFAD event in on Saturday 10 November at Manchester Cathedral. The day starts at Chethams School of Music at 1pm and finishes at 4.30pm and includes a tour of the Cathedral, a chance to sing with the choristers and lots more! You can find out what by contacting the Worship & Music Administrator on 0161 833 2220 (ext 238) or emailing

Durham: Saturday, 24 November for a Chorister Experience!  A wonderful opportunity for girls and boys in years 2 to 5 to enjoy meeting the choristers, playing the organ and having a tour of the Cathedral and a visit to The Chorister School. Check here for lots more information  Durham Chorister Experience

For more information contact Rebecca Dodd on 0191 374 4066 or

January 2019

Norwich: Saturday 19 January at Norwich Cathedral. The day is from 10.30am-4pm and is open to all children of primary school age. Lots of fun, information for parents, tours of both school and cathedral and a chance to sing evensong. What’s not to like?! You can get more information on 01603 218306 or