Cathedral Choristers

It is likely that there has been a Choir at Rochester Cathedral since its foundation in 604 AD and, each year, our talented Choristers continue the privilege of enjoying a wonderful, fulfilling experience which they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives. Choristers are educated at King's Rochester Preparatory School and sing in a variety of services throughout the year.

Cathedral Choristerships are awarded to boys and girls for entry into Year 4 after voice trials with the Cathedral Director of Music, academic assessment and interview.

A voice trial involves ear tests and the singing of a previously prepared song or hymn. The Cathedral’s Director of Music is looking for a candidate’s potential, rather than their present achievement and the Director is always happy to have an informal discussion with any parents and candidates before the actual voice trial. If a candidate currently plays an instrument, it would be advantageous to hear it played during the voice trial.

Cathedral Choristers may be eligible for a Music Scholarship in King’s Senior School following their Chorister career provided that they have satisfied the requirements for this award.

Cathedral Choristerships are awarded to boys and girls with a remission of 30% on fees, to pupils who will be eight years old by the September they enter Year 4. Choristers also receive full remission on the tuition fees of one orchestral instrument and an additional third remission on a further instrument; these lessons should be taken in school. Choristers also receive free Theory of Music coaching and vocal lessons.

Cathedral Choristerships will terminate, under normal circumstances, either when a Chorister leaves the Choir or on their transfer to the Senior School at 13. Potential Choristers should not be entered for a Choristership if it is their intention that they will leave King’s at the end of  Year 6.


All interested applicants are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with the Director of Music or Headmaster of the Preparatory School prior to their application. Please contact the Registrar for a Music Scholarship Application Form on 01634 888590 or email

2023 Applications

Rochester Cathedral is now recruiting for Choristers to join the Cathedral Choir.  Applications are currently open to Boys and Girls in Year 3, (although applications from those currently in Year 6/7 are also welcome).

To register your interest, please write to Rochester Cathedral's Director of Music, Mrs Francesca Massey at