Choristers


 

Being a chorister is a wonderful start to a young musician's training, and hopefully an experience they treasure for life! It is a big commitment, but one which is hugely rewarding. At St Mary's, we have trebles between the ages of 7 to 16, and children can join the Choir at any point between these ages - though boys with changed voices should enquire about membership of the adult choir as choral scholars. When they join the Choir, they will be given musical training - both practical (vocal technique and aural skills) and theoretical (how to read music etc). Below we answer some frequently asked questions; please don't hesitate to get in touch for information not provided here.

 

The Choristers of St Mary’s sing the top, or treble, line in the Choir. There are two parallel choirs:

 

Boy Choristers

for boys aged 7+ (Year 2+)

Boys rehearse on Fridays from 6pm-7.30pm

Morning or evening service on Sunday (8.45am or 6.30pm)

 

Girl Choristers

for girls aged 7-16 (Years 2-11)

Junior girls rehearse on Fridays from 6pm-7.30pm

Senior girls rehearse on Fridays from 6pm-8.00pm

Morning or evening service on Sunday (8.45am or 6.30pm)

 

The two choirs rehearse together on Friday evenings and share the services, singing together or alternating morning and evening services each week - both sing with our back row of teenage choral scholars and adults. Probationers, those new to the choir, sing only on Fridays (6pm-7pm) until they have settled in and are ready to begin singing services.

 

Boys with changed voices (countertenors, tenors and basses) and girls singing alto and those aged 16+ make up our Choral Scholars, and receive specialist training. 

 

The Choristers also sing with the Choir at weddings for which they are paid, and they receive a modest termly allowance (according to seniority) for their work during the normal routine of services.

 

We currently have chorister places available as follows:

boys in Year 4, 5 & 7

girls in Year 4, 8, 9, 10 & 11

 

For more information, please contact us - we run a waiting list for other year groups and are always pleased to hear from prospective chorister families.

 

Benefits

  • Exceptional musical training delivered by a team of professional musicians (including one-to-one vocal coaching) - all free of charge
  • Opportunities to sing wonderful music in some of Britain's most beautiful buildings during cathedral visits
  • Subsidised singing, theory and instrumental lessons
  • The opportunity to gain qualifications from ABRSM and the Royal School of Church Music
  • Life-long love of music and singing
  • Termly pocket-money
  • Self-confidence, leadership skills and teamwork - and lasting friendships

 

 

 

What happens next 

Many ex boy choristers carry on singing with the Choir as Choral Scholars (altos, tenors or basses) when their voices change. Most girl choristers continue singing with the Choir until they leave school, and many go on to university choral scholarships. 

 

Being a chorister is a great musical training for life; ex-St Mary's choristers include choral scholars at Jesus and Girton Colleges, Cambridge, and choristers in the choirs of the Chapel Royal (St James'), Hampton Court Palace, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey. Our first organ scholar won an organ scholarship to Trinity College Oxford in 2017.

 

Our choristers also sing with other choirs across London and beyond, currently including: Inner Voices, London Youth Choir, the National Children's Choir, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

 


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