Choristers are usually 8 or 9 years old in the 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), or when a boy’s voice changes.
For both boys and girls, auditions for the choir are held in January of each year for the following September, but enquiries about joining the choir may be made at any time.
Choristers at Wells 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 a great many opportunities, including participating in international tours, commercial recordings, radio and television broadcasts, and much more! They learn how to organise their time and develop essential life skills such as self-discipline, working as part of a team, , and singing to a professional standard every single day. Experiencing and contributing to cathedral worship nurtures a chorister’s spirituality and helps them grow in their understanding of the Christian faith.
The choristers develop close friendships and above all, have lots of fun!
The support of parents and family is vital in nurturing a happy and successful chorister. It is a busy and demanding life, and requires a lot of commitment, but the rewards and benefits are unparalleled. We are looking for alert and keen children who have an interest in music and who love to sing. In the first instance we are not looking for any sophisticated musical training, but a clear voice with access to high notes, and a good musical ear. It is important that being a chorister is something that the child wants to do and is going to enjoy day in, day out.