The 20 Choristers of Norwich Cathedral are boys between the ages of 8 and 13. They are selected by competitive audition and receive their education at Norwich School, an independent school located within the Cathedral Close. Most boys continue their education at Norwich School even after leaving the Cathedral Choir.
Responsibilities and benefits
The Choristers sing 5 services each week (generally not on Saturdays) during school terms as well as Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Being a chorister provides boys with the opportunity not only to receive a first-class musical education, but also to learn other key life skills such as team work, time management and an ability to perform at a professional level. They receive a thorough education in vocal production and musical theory, and their daily performance requires both discipline and skill. The choristers take immense pride in performing their traditional role, leading the worship in the Cathedral. They also enjoy giving concerts both in Norwich and further afield (recent tours include Sweden, Germany, Norway and the USA), performing on radio and television, and making commercial recordings.
How to apply
If you would like to explore the possibility of your son becoming a Chorister at Norwich Cathedral, please contact the Liturgy and Music Administrator, Kristina Bartlette, email@example.com (01603 218306). The Master of Music, Ashley Grote, is always pleased to meet boys from the age of 6 upwards to come and sing to him informally. Enquiries are welcomed from boys of all educational and financial backgrounds; a clear voice and good ear is all that is needed at this first stage.
Generous financial support for Choristers
The Choristers receive financial support from a charity called the Choir Endowment Fund (Patron: Edward Gardner). The fund offers all choristers a scholarship of 50% of their school fees, with bursaries available to families who need additional assistance.