Become a Chorister

Voice trials (singing auditions for potential choristers) are held in January and February each year. Choral Scholarships (from the Dean & Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral) equivalent to 30% of day fees are available and further assistance may be available in cases of need.  Please contact the school Bursar for further information.

At a voice trial you will be asked to sing a short piece, respond to some aural tests, sight-sing and generally show your enthusiasm for becoming a chorister!

It is useful to have met the Director of Music or his Assistant informally before coming to a voice trial. They will be able to advise you on how best to prepare. You might also like to attend the choir's annual open day "Be A Chorister for a Day", held on the second Saturday in October. The day is for any children in school years 2, 3 and 4 and gives them a chance to sing with the current cathedral choristers, see round the school, have high tea with the choristers and then take part by singing a portion of the evensong service.



Although choristers do not have to board at the school there are a few occasions during the year when the choristers all board together, so a tour of the boarding house is also part of the afternoon. The parents who accompany them have their own programme for the afternoon and will have a tour of the school and hear a little more about what chorister life is like, also getting a chance to have a chat with some present chorister parents.

Having attended Be a Chorister for a Day you may want to come along to the Voice Trials to audition to become a chorister in the new year. It is useful before then to have met the Director of Music or his Assistant informally for a pre-audition as they will be able to advise you on how best to prepare for the Voice Trial.

For those children who would like to audition we also hold a Voice Trial Workshop in early December which goes into finer detail about what to expect at a voice trial and how to be best prepared.

To arrange a pre-audition with the Director of Music, book to come to the Voice Trial Workshop, or to discuss anything further please phone Kathy Davies, Chorister Recruitment Officer, on 07979378926 or contact her by email.

Forthcoming dates for 2019:

BACFAD: Saturday 12th October 2019 form

Voice Trial Workshop: Saturday 9th November 2019


Forthcoming dates for 2020:

Boys' Voice Trials: Saturday 18th January 2020

Girls' Voice Trials: Saturday, 1st February 2020

BACFAD: Saturday 10th October 2020

Voice Trial Workshop: Saturday 8th November 2020







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