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.

Please note: schools are always happy to hear from anyone who knows a child who will enjoy being a chorister.  You don’t need to wait for these events to find out more. Have a look at our schools list and email or telephone for more information. 


  • Be a Chorister for the Day at Magdalen College Oxford on Saturday 29 June. This event starts at 3.30 pm with a Chorister rehearsal in the Song School and is followed by Choir tea at 4.45pm. Then there is a Full Choir rehearsal with the Academical Clerks and Choristers in Magdalen College Chapel. A special Evensong at 6pm will include the boys who have come along. For more information please contact Melanie Bennette on 01865 286701 or email her at