Cathedral Choristers

Norwich Cathedral Choir enjoys a national and international reputation, and sings every day in the Cathedral.  The choir broadcasts regularly on radio and television and undertakes concert tours at home and abroad.

At Norwich School, we are proud to include among our pupils the boys who comprise its famous treble section.

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Fee Remission

The Norwich Cathedral Choir Endowment Fund offers boy choristers a contribution of 50% of their tuition fees while they are members of the Cathedral Choir. This applies in both the Lower and Senior Schools. 

The Chorister Award is not means-tested and is paid directly to the school. It is shown as a reduction on the termly fee bill. The financial assistance will cease at the end of the term in which the chorister's voice breaks.

Selection is by audition. Choristers are characterised by strong musical potential, a clear voice, a quick ear and a lively intelligence as well as a willingness to commit wholeheartedly to the Choir's repertoire and involvement with the Cathedral.

The chorister’s parents or guardians may be able to receive further financial help, dependent upon a means-test by the school on behalf of the Choir Endowment Fund. To obtain this, applicants should apply to the school with the agreement of the Choir Endowment Fund.

 

Eligibility

Boys are eligible for entry to the Choir between the ages of 7 - 9 and must pass the school's entrance examination and a voice test conducted by the Cathedral's Master of Music.

The test consists of some simple aural exercises (e.g. picking notes out of basic chords and repeating short melodic and rhythmic patterns) and reading aloud a passage of prose.

The Master of Music is looking for boys with strong musical potential, usually expressed in a clear voice, an accurate ear and a lively intelligence. It is an advantage to play an instrument.

The Cathedral’s Master of the Music is always ready to discuss with parents the possibility of choir membership. Please feel welcome to arrange an informal voice trial, with no obligation, before making a formal application.

 

Daily Routine

The Choir sings Evensong on most weekdays during term time at 5.15pm and at two services on Sundays (Eucharist at 10.30am and Evensong at 3.30pm).

Rehearsal times:

  • Every morning Monday to Friday 08.15 - 09.00
  • Afternoons 16.25 until Evensong begins (the boys are given some light refreshment on arriving from school at about 16.00)
  • Fridays after Evensong until 18.50
  • Sundays 09.10 with a choristers' rehearsal at 14.45.

There are occasional commitments that requiring Saturday attendance.

Cathedral terms are very similar to school terms. However, the Michaelmas Term extends until Christmas Day and the Choir is on duty in Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Day.

In the summer, the Choir’s Trinity Term ends on the Sunday after the end of the school term. Holidays are very similar to school holidays but a week or so shorter at the greater Festivals. 

Half-terms are also the same as the school’s half-terms but sometimes include only one weekend rather than two.

Changes to the normal routine and extra commitments do occur and notice of these is given by the Master of the Music or the Precentor.