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.
 

Applications

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 admissions@kings-rochester.co.uk

2021 Applications

Rochester Cathedral are 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).

Experience Day / Q&A Session

Most years we hope to hold an Experience Day at the start of the Calendar year where children can attend and experience for themselves what it is like to sing in the magnificent Cathedral.  Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this will not be possible in 2021, but please do check the Rochester Cathedral website for future events. 

Instead, Rochester Cathedral will be holding an online Q&A session for prospective parents to meet the music and school staff and ask any questions they would like about Cathedral Choristership. 

This will be held on Saturday 13th February at 10am.  

To register your interest, please write to Francesca Massey at francesca.massey@rochestercathedral.org who will then send details on how to join the virtual meeting.     

For further information, please visit the Rochester Cathedral website

If you have any further questions, please contact us using our online Enquiry Form - click here