Chorister for a Day is a wonderful opportunity for boys aged 6-8 (Yrs 2-3 at school) and their parents to experience a day as a chorister in our world-famous choir of boys and professional adult singers. Designed to help potential choristership applicants find out more about life as a chorister ahead of choristership auditions in February, the programme of events will include various activities both at St George’s School (where the choristers are educated) and St George’s Chapel, with opportunities to meet key members of staff. The days ends with the Chorister for a Day participants taking part in Choral Evensong with the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Choristers at St George’s sing services on five days a week and rehearse every day except Saturday. This schedule develops not only their musical talents, but nurtures key skills such as leadership, team work, and time management. The choristers all receive singing lessons from one of the UK’s finest teachers of young voices. Boys usually join the choir at the start of Year 4, and remain with the choir until the end of Year 8 when they move on to senior school.
The choir was founded in 1348 and sings regularly in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal family. In 2018, this included singing at both Royal Weddings in St George’s Chapel: for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May, and for HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank in October. In recent years the choir has performed overseas, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
It is important to note that we are not looking for musical stars at this stage – we are looking for boys between the ages of six and eight who have the potential to develop their fledgling musical talent, who would like to consider the opportunity of applying for a choristership, and above all who would enjoy this sort of event.
The next Chorister for a Day event is on Saturday 18 January. If you would be interested in registering to attend, please contact [email protected]. Advance booking to attend is essential. The closing date for registration will be Friday 10 January.
Chorister auditions will take place on Saturday 8 February, and the closing date for applications will be Wednesday 5 February. We are pleased to hear from potential applicants at any time.
*Dates are given in good faith, but may be subject to change.
The Choir of St George’s Chapel sing ‘Bogoroditse Devo ‘Rejoice, O virgin’ composed by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935).