Choristers receive a Scholarship to attend Exeter Cathedral School, awarded by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, and receive the same broad and balanced education as all of our pupils. They access our full curriculum and all of the other enriching opportunities on offer: with the exception of some after-school clubs and some assemblies, our Choristers do not miss out on any part of school life. That said, we are of course mindful of their busy schedules, and our dedicated Chorister Tutor closely oversees the workload and wellbeing of the Choristers. Weekly wellbeing meetings take place between the School’s pastoral staff and the Cathedral music team.
As well as being fully involved in the life of the School, our Choristers are trained to a professional standard to sing alongside the adult members of the choir, benefitting from world-class musical coaching and unparalleled opportunities. Through their education at School and in the Choir Stalls, our Choristers develop habits and skills which will last them a life-time, as well as a thirst for high standards and a deep appreciation of the spirituality to be found in music, in silence, in collective worship, and in stillness.
All of the Choristers meet in School every day and are walked across to the Song Schools for their daily rehearsals (Wednesday is a day off). They join their classmates for the start of lesson 1, and take part in all of the activities and lessons of our normal school day.
After a break at the end of school, the Choristers on duty gather together (boys and girls tend to alternate – allowing after-school clubs to be enjoyed on their ‘down days’), put on their gowns, and process to a rehearsal and Evensong in the Cathedral.
During Choir Term (a busy and exciting few days over Christmas and Easter), the Choristers have the School to themselves, and enjoy trips out, activity days, movie nights, and – of course – lots of singing.
If you are interested in exploring Choristership for your son or daughter, ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ events take place in November or December each year, followed by Voice Trial Days every January or February.
The School is always happy to help arrange informal pre-audition assessments with Exeter Cathedral’s Director of Music. Please contact our Admissions Manager to find out more: [email protected] | 01392 457 072