St Paul's Cathedral

Being a Chorister

Being a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral is the experience of a lifetime.

St Paul's Choristers sing in one of the most iconic buildings in the world, perform in concerts around the globe and receive a first-class academic education at the Cathedral School. Being a Chorister is fun, inspiring and gives a unique start to life. 

St Paul's choristers sing Evensong every day during term time (except Monday and Thursday) as well as Mattins and Eucharist on Sunday morning. They also take part in special services, BBC broadcasts, concerts and tours and study the piano and one other instrument alongside their vocal tuition. Within this framework the boys carry out normal school activities, both academic and sporting, and often go on to win major scholarships to schools throughout the country. The Choristers attend the Cathedral School as boarders and are looked after by the Headmaster and his staff. Please visit the Cathedral School website for more information.

Boys start with a probationary year when they learn about the routines and repertoire of the Choir and are given a firm grounding in vocal technique and sight reading. Once they have become full choristers they take a full part in the liturgical life of the Cathedral.

Could my son be a Chorister?

Enthusiasm, intelligence and potential are the keys to becoming a St Paul's Chorister – boys are not expected to have a fully developed voice, nor is much formal singing experience necessary. Potential choristers need to be able to sing and to pitch notes when played on a piano.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dean & Chapter, any boy with talent can have the opportunity of a lifetime by being a Chorister at St Paul's. All Choristers receive 100% bursaries. Help with boarding fees is also available through the work of the Cathedral School Foundation.

Andrew Carwood, the Director of Music, is always happy to see candidates and their families for an informal discussion at any time. Formal auditions take place twice a year. Please click here for more information.

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Choristers at St Paul's Cathedral

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Learning to play the organ at St Paul's Cathedral

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