Choristers

The Choristers are aged between 8 and 13 and are educated at Westminster Cathedral Choir School. They come from all backgrounds across the whole of the UK.

Chorister life is a demanding but fulfilling discipline and an exceptional foundation for life. The boys rehearse for services twice a day and sing seven services a week within the daily liturgical life of the Cathedral. The choristers receive a high quality academic education (along with over 100 day boys) and, under the school's director of music, learn piano and an orchestral instrument. The choristers' routine is supervised carefully to ensure that they balance their musical training, academic work and leisure time.

After a probationary year, during which they learn about the routines and practices of the choir as well as being given a firm grounding in vocal technique, plainchant and sightreading, choristers are admitted as full members of the Choir at the start of their second year.

The choristers' musical experiences and disciplines are further enriched by frequent UK and overseas tours, termly concerts of large-scale works given by the Cathedral Choir in the Cathedral, and regular CD recording sessions.

They also have some down-time - they participate in the full range of sporting activites offered by the School, interact with the day boys at the School during lessons and games sessions, and have frequent visiting times with their parents.

 

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