UPDATE: Due to the current situation, it is unlikely that we would be able to organise a physical audition, however we would be very happy to organise a Zoom/Skype audition – please do get in touch if this would be of interest.
The internationally renowned Wells Cathedral Choir is looking for boys in current school years 3 and 4 to become choristers from September 2020.
The choir has a long, impressive history, having been formed over 1,100 years ago before the current medieval Cathedral was built! Boy choristers have sung at Wells since 909, with the girls’ choir being introduced relatively recently in only 1994.
Wells Cathedral Choir has been voted the greatest choir with children in the world by Gramophone magazine.
The choir’s principal and most important responsibility is singing the services at the Cathedral. This is at the heart of its worshipping life, with the choir singing (in its various forms) for nine services each week during school term time. The repertoire is very wide-ranging, from the Renaissance period to the present day, including world premiere performances of music by some of today’s finest composers.
Choristers receive a world class musical education singing in one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. There is also the opportunity to sing on international tours (which in recent years have included Scotland, The Netherlands, China, and Hong Kong); on commercial recordings (at least one new CD is recorded each year), and radio and television broadcasts (including an annual live broadcast on BBC Radio 3). In recent years there have also been royal gala concerts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and St James’s Palace, London. Other amazing opportunities have included singing with the Berlin Radio Choir and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle OM, in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms, and performing with The Script at the ITV Pride of Britain awards.
As well as receiving an outstanding musical education, the choristers 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. The choristers also develop close friendships and have a lot of fun. They all lead very full lives outside of the choir as well, playing in sports teams, learning musical instruments, and whatever else they like to do in their free time!
All choristers are educated at Wells Cathedral School, for which scholarships and additional bursaries are available to assist with fees. It is now one of the finest specialist musical schools in the country, and provides a first class academic and all-round education within its beautiful historic backdrop.
The choir is looking for alert and keen children with a love of music. They do not need to have had any sophisticated musical training, but a clear voice and signs of a good musical ear. It is important that being a chorister is something that your child wants to do and not just the parents, although essential in all of this is the support of the parents and family given the demanding schedule and commitment required.
To find out more about auditioning for the choir, please contact the Precentor, Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, via Precentor@wellscathedral.uk.net.
Click on the link below to download a copy of the ‘Chorister Life‘ leaflet produced by Wells Cathedral School. This gives even more information about life as a Chorister, the choir routine and scholarships.
The weekly Chapter Letter can be read in full on our website here.
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