Chorister Auditions

29 January 2022
09:30
Choristers

Does your son or daughter love to sing? Could they have an exciting future as a Cathedral Chorister?

We are looking for talented boys and girls to join our Cathedral Choir in September 2022 and are holding chorister auditions on Saturday 29 January from 9.30am.

What we are looking for

In prospective choristers, we are looking for boys and girls who display:

  • A love of singing
  • A natural singing voice and good vocal tone
  • A good musical ear
  • An ability to respond and pick things up quickly
  • An ability to work well within a team
  • A sense of fun, energy and enthusiasm

Boy Choristers

There are places available for boys currently in school years 2 and 3 to start in September 2022. All boys receive generous scholarships worth approximately 50% of fees to attend Norwich School, located in the Cathedral Close. Bursaries are available so that no candidate is excluded on financial grounds.

Girl Choristers

We have places for girls who will be in senior school from September 2022 (Year 6+, aged 11-18) to join the Cathedral Girls’ Choir. The girls’ choir  is open to secondary school aged girls from any school or college, and each girl receives a generous financial award intended to support their education and musical development. The girls meet on Tuesdays after school and on Saturday mornings, singing for various Sunday services throughout the year and at the major festivals of the year, as well as for concerts, recordings, broadcasts and tours.

Auditions

Auditions last 15-20 minutes, in front of the Master of Music, the Canon Precentor, the Organist and a Chorister singing teacher. We try to keep the experience as informal and relaxed as possible, although we appreciate it can be nerve-wracking! We will do all we can to put boys and girls at ease.

Boys and Girls should bring along one or two pieces to sing. This should be anything that they are comfortable with and can enjoy singing confidently. It could be a hymn, a Christmas Carol, a song they know from school, something they have worked on at home or with a teacher, or even a nursery rhyme. What we are trying to assess is their vocal potential, so what is most important is that they feel confident, not what they are singing. Please bring along a separate copy for the accompanist if possible – a temporary photocopy is perfectly acceptable and can be destroyed after use.

If boys and girls play an instrument, we would encourage them to bring it along to play to us, or piano music if applicable.

We will do some simple vocal exercises and some aural tests, presented in a relaxed manner, to help ascertain their vocal and musical ability. We may also ask them to read aloud some text. For girls (who are older) we may ask them to attempt some simple sight-singing with the support of the piano.

Once the musical element of the audition is complete, we will invite parents in for a brief chat about what is involved in being a chorister and the commitment it requires from children and parents alike.

To book an audition

To arrange an audition, or if you have any queries or questions, please contact Mrs Jo Dembicki by emailing choir@cathedral.org.uk or calling 01603 218315 (please note her working hours of 9am–1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).