Chorister auditions for children currently in Year 3 will take place on Saturday 24th February 2024.
To request an application form, please contact Chessy Alden: [email protected].
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st February 2024. At the current time, the only chorister vacancies are for those going into Year 4 in September 2024.
The Choristers, both boys and girls, form the treble line of the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and sing alongside our professional lay clerks (the men and women who sing the alto, tenor and bass line). Choristers usually join the choir – and St George’s School if they are not already pupils – at the start of Year 4, and then remain with the choir and school until the end of Year 8 when they move on to senior school.
Choristers at St George’s rehearse every weekday morning and sing services in the chapel on four weekdays and on Sundays (Saturdays are usually commitment free, with rare exceptions). This schedule develops not only their musical talents, but nurtures key skills such as leadership, team work, and time management. The choristership affords these talented young children a generous scholarship worth 50% of the full school and boarding fees to attend St George’s School. The choristers board at St George’s School, though this is not full-time boarding in the traditional sense, with all children going home on Friday evenings and returning on Sunday morning, and optional boarding on Sunday and Wednesday nights – though many do choose to stay and enjoy the boarding house activities. The choristers also receive tuition on an instrument as part of their scholarship, music theory tuition, and singing lessons from one of the UK’s finest teachers of young voices. Being a chorister also means singing over Christmas and Easter. Further information can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.
The choir was founded in 1348 and sings regularly in the presence of His Majesty King Charles and members of the Royal family. In 2018, this included singing at both Royal Weddings in St George’s Chapel: for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May, and for HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank in the October. In September 2022, the choir sang at the Committal Service for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in St George’s Chapel. In 2019 the choir released a CD of Christmas music on the Hyperion label which was met with critical acclaim, and a new recording with the Band of the Household Cavalry, The Monarch’s Music, was released in November 2023. The choir broadcasts regularly on radio, singing Sunday Worship (BBC Radio 4) and Choral Evensong (BBC Radio 3), most recently in June 2022, and sang during King Charles III’s first televised Christmas broadcast in December 2022. The choristers also appeared in the Royal Variety Performance in December 2022, and alongside Take That in the finale of the Coronation Concert broadcast live on BBC TV in May 2023.