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Become a chorister

Become a chorister

Salisbury Cathedral School Choristers, encompassing parallel girls and boys choirs, are world-famous, achieving excellence day in and day out as a living part of the Cathedral’s 900-year musical heritage.

Some of the most musically gifted 8-13 year olds in the country make up the 16 girls and 16 boys in our two choirs.

ChoristersThey get to practice and sing some of the most sublime music ever written, pieces from as early as 1100 AD right the way through to current   specially commissioned works, in a beautiful and iconic Cathedral setting. Choristers’ lives are enriched by a busy programme of concerts on the national international stage as well as broadcast and recording opportunities and tours abroad.  They are also given every opportunity to fully participate in the academic, sporting and cultural life of our school, all the while benefiting from the warmth, care and enormous bonds of friendship developed within a family atmosphere.

Alexander Armstrong presents a Chorister's tour of Salisbury Cathedral 

Welcome to the virtual Chorister Tour, where you can take a trip round the Cathedral with Danger Mouse himself…well, actually it’s Alexander Armstrong, the comedian and TV star from Pointless, who is the voice of Danger Mouse.

Alexander and some of our choristers will take you around the Cathedral where you’ll meet a revolting rodent, learn about the choir’s strange traditions, and discover why we are a Cathedral that floats. There may be a few bad jokes too!

Please note that this tour is best viewed using a computer or laptop.

The simplest way to navigate through the tour is to do so using the thumbnail images displayed at the bottom of the screen - you may find it helpful to zoom in or out by holding down your 'Ctrl' key and using your + and - keys if you have a keypad. 

Click below to launch the tour - make sure you click on the first thumbnail for the introduction video! 


Day in the Life of a Salisbury Cathedral School Chorister 

‘Be a Chorister for a day’

This is an annual event for children in school years 2,  3 and 4 and is held in  October. It is a chance to sing with the current choristers, tour the school and take part by singing a portion of the evensong service. Boarding for Choristers is not obligatory but there are a few occasions during the year, for example Easter and Christmas, when the Choristers all board together in order to take the pressure off a packed timetable. Therefore, a tour of the boarding house is also part of the day.

For more information about BACFAD 2022 please contact Catherine Mitchell, Music Officer at Salisbury Cathedral musicofficer@salcath.co.uk


Voice trials and preparation

We want to give Chorister hopefuls every opportunity to be at their best for voice trials and so pre-auditions can be arranged throughout the year.   We would also encourage a personal informal meeting with our Director of Music, David Halls or his assistant, John Challenger who can advise on how to get the optimum benefit from the main voice trials which are held in January for girls in Years 3 and 4 and February for boys in the same school years. Voice trials include a short singing piece, aural tests and sight singing. We are also always looking out for a genuine enthusiasm and energy too!

For more information and to book an informal voice trial please contact Catherine Mitchell, Music Officer at Salisbury Cathedral musicofficer@salcath.co.uk

Dates for 2022:

  • Be A Chorister for a Day (BACFAD): Saturday 8th October 2022
  • Voice Trial Workshop: Saturday 3rd December 2022

For more information and to book a place please contact Catherine Mitchell, Music Officer at Salisbury Cathedral musicofficer@salcath.co.uk

Dates for 2023:

  • Girls' Voice Trials: 21st January 2023 (for girls in Year 3 or Year 4)
  • Boys' Voice Trials: 28th January 2023 (for boys in Year 3 or Year 4)

Please complete the attached Voice Trial application form and return to Catherine Mitchell, Music Officer at Salisbury Cathedral.

For more information please contact 

For more information please contact Catherine Mitchell, Music Officer at Salisbury Cathedral c.mitchell@salcath.co.uk