How to join our Cathedral Choir
Members of the Cathedral Choir play an active part in an outstanding program of music training. Boy choristers are eligible for a generous scholarship to Trinity Grammar School, Kew, the Cathedral Choir School for more than 70 years. A continuing scholarship may be available to a boy who sings until his voice changes and leaves the treble line.
Students' choir commitments are carefully planned to leave time for school, sport and other activities. The intellectual discipline and training of the choir provide a firm foundation for academic success. Boys make new friends, and develop responsibility, leadership, teamwork and time management. They will develop an awareness of adult professional standards, and of glorious music, words and architecture.
It is a training which sets a boy chorister up for life, in whatever field he may eventually choose. Boys between eight-and-a-half and ten-and-a-half years old are eligible to apply. They need not come from families who belong to the Anglican Church.
Entrance to the Choir is via musical test at the Cathedral and school entrance examination. The quality of a boy's voice or his ability to read music are not important, as these skills are developed as part of the Choir education. Rather, he is expected to have a musical ear and a good sense of rhythm. After passing the musical test, he then sits a school entrance exam, unless he is continuing at his State School. If this is also successful, the boy is interviewed by the Dean or the Precentor and begins a probationary period. At the end of that period, he will be formally admitted to the Choir and will be offered a scholarship when one becomes available.
The Choir Men
There are occasional vacancies among the Gentlemen of the Choir. Applicants must be able to read music at sight. For more information, please contact the Director of Music.