The choristers consist of eighteen boys and eighteen girls – two separate choirs who take it in turn to sing with the men, and occasionally on their own.
Boy choristers should be 8 or 9 years old in September of the year which they enter the choir. They leave the choir at the end of school year nine (when the chorister is about fourteen years of age) or when their voice breaks. All choristers are educated at Wells Cathedral School, and scholarships are provided to assist with fees.
Girl choristers may enter the choir aged 8,9,10 or 11 (school year seven), and may also stay in the choir until the end of year nine. Girls are educated at Wells Cathedral School and bursaries are available to assist with fees.
For both boys and girls voice trials are held in January of each year for the following September, but enquiries about joining the choir may be made at any time.
Benefits and opportunities of being a chorister
Choristers receive a world class musical education singing in one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. Wells Cathedral School provides a first class academic education and is one of the finest specialist musical schools in the country. Choristers have the opportunity to sing on international tours, commercial recordings and radio and television broadcasts. They also learn how to organise their time and develop the essential life skills of self-reliance and self-discipline working as a team member seeking the highest possible standards. Experiencing and contributing to a profound quality of worship nurtures a chorister’s spirituality and helps them grow in their understanding of the Christian faith.
The choristers develop close friendships and have a lot of fun!
Essential in all of this is the support of the parents and family given the demanding schedule and commitment required. We are looking for alert and keen children with a love of music. In the first instance we are not looking for any sophisticated musical training but a clear voice with good high notes and a good musical ear. It is important that being a chorister is something that the child wants to do and not just the parents.
Could your child be a Wells Cathedral Chorister?
Matthew Owens, Organist & Master of the Choristers, is always pleased to hear from parents of prospective choristers. We are currently looking for keen and musical boys and girls in current school years 3, 4 & 5 as choristers in Wells Cathedral Choir.
Scholarships and additional bursaries for Wells Cathedral School, which all choristers attend, are available.
To discuss the opportunities available for your child and for more information about auditions, please telephone 01749 834213 or 01749 674483 or email [email protected]