There are many compelling reasons why parents and children should consider a choristership at Salisbury, not least because being a chorister is a lot of fun! Life as a chorister develops important social skills in children. Being an integral part of a totally committed team and working closely with colleagues in pursuit of excellence inevitably stands children in good stead for the future. They also gain self-confidence. On a practical level, they learn the meaning of punctuality - and also just what can be achieved in half an hour! They gain a concept of Salisbury Cathedral's musical heritage and are proud to be a living part of it.
The School has worked hard to create a 'home from home' atmosphere for all its boarders. This is particularly important for the choristers and their families because of regular weekend cathedral duties and a completely open door policy operates. It has proved that it is perfectly possible to maintain a 'big family' feel yet maintain the high musical standards expected from a world famous cathedral choir.
David Halls, Director of Music and John Challenger, Organist & Assistant Director of Music, work hard at maintaining good relationships with chorister families. They also recognise that having a chorister in a family affects the whole family.
Musically, your child will have an unbeatable start to life at a time when music education in schools is generally quite scarce. They will sing music written from as early as 1100 AD right the way through to specially commissioned works from today's leading choral composers. At Salisbury, boy and girl choristers are the same ages (8-13 years). There is a good bond between the two and they benefit in school terms from sharing the services - but without compromising standards as their practice schedule has not been reduced. The school has also developed an enviable reputation for excellence in instrumental teaching and performance with opportunities for all pupils.
Most choristers go on to their preferred senior school aged 13 years with major music scholarships having attained high standards of musicianship from both their choral training and the wealth of musical experience found at Salisbury Cathedral School.
Other Sources of Funding for Choristers
The Ouseley Trust is a registered charity set up to promote and maintain to a high standard the choral services of the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland. It does this by making grants to cathedrals, choral foundations, parish churches, choir schools and other relevant institutions. http://www.ouseleytrust.org.uk