Do you have a son aged 6-8 (in Years 2-3) who enjoys singing and shows an interest and ability in music? If so, have you ever thought about the prospect of him becoming a chorister?
Due to Covid-19, we have been unable to make plans for an in-person Chorister for a Day event for 2021, but we are delighted to let you know about our Chorister Open Morning on Saturday 23 January at 9.30am which will take place on Zoom. The Chorister Open Morning is an opportunity for boys aged 6-8 (Yrs 2-3 at school) and their parents to see what life is like as a chorister in our world-famous choir of boys and professional adult singers, and as a pupil at St George’s School, ahead of choristership auditions in February. It will be an opportunity to ‘meet’ key staff and ask any questions you may have.
Choristers at St George’s rehearse every weekday morning and sing services in the chapel on four weekdays and also on Sundays (Saturdays are mostly commitment free). 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 boys a generous scholarship worth 50% of the full school and boarding fees (additional limited means-tested bursaries may also be available) to attend St George’s School. The choristers also receive tuition on an instrument as part of their scholarship, and singing lessons from one of the UK’s finest teachers of young voices. The choristers board at St George’s School, though this is not full-time boarding in the traditional sense and we will be happy to explain more about this set-up at our Open Morning.
The Choir of St George’s Chapel 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 the May, and for HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank in the October. In recent years the choir has performed overseas on a number of occasions, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and ClassicFM.
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 and enjoy singing on a daily basis. Boys customarily join the choir in the September they commence Year 4 and remain with the choir (and at the school) until the end of Year 8, before moving on to senior school.
To register for attendance at our Chorister Open Morning, or to speak to us further about choristerships, please contact us on [email protected] / 01753 848797 by Wednesday 20 January. All details for attending via Zoom will be sent out on Thursday 21 January.
*All details are given in good faith, but may be subject to change or alteration.
The Choir of St George’s Chapel sing ‘Bogoroditse Devo ‘Rejoice, O virgin’ composed by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935).
See the Chapel Choir (Lay Clerks and Choristers) conducted by Director of Music James Vivian sing O Come all ye faithful.
and We wish you a Merry Christmas.
Also enjoy a recording made by the choir two years ago.