This long-established and internationally acclaimed choir includes Lay Clerks, girl choristers, and boy choristers.
You can hear them fill the cathedral with glorious music from all periods at six cathedral services weekly during term time and through festival periods. They may also have the opportunity to make recordings, broadcasts, concerts and international tours.
The Choir’s wide repertoire ranges from the plainsong chanted by medieval monks to commissioned works by modern British composers.
It broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio and TV, and also makes regular recordings.
It performs at concerts throughout the UK, including London’s Royal Festival Hall, and potential international tours.
About our Lay Clerks:
The choir includes 12 Lay Clerks who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts.
They are all well-respected professional singers, and are salaried members of the cathedral staff.
How to join:
All Lay Clerk vacancies are advertised on this website.
About our boy choristers:
Our boy choristers join us from all over the world.
They’re aged between 8 and 13.
They sing at six services a week during term time, and through festive periods, with half-hour rehearsals before each service.
All boys are educated at The Pilgrims’ School, the cathedral choir school, and take part in all school activities, academic, musical and sport.
All boys are offered a Choral Scholarship worth 40% of their full boarding fees and many go on to gain musical scholarships to their senior schools.
How to join:
The cathedral Music Department and The Pilgrims’ School are glad to meet with prospective choristers and their parents at any time during the year to discuss possible entry.
To find out more please contact:
01962 857219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/worship-and-music
01962 854189 or email email@example.com www.thepilgrims-school.co.uk/Winchester-Cathedral-Choir
Preliminary voice auditions can also be arranged at any time in the year.
All Lay Clerk vacancies are advertised in the Church Times and on this website.
About our girl choristers:
Founded in 1999, this choir is made up of around 20 girls aged 11–18, all from schools in the Winchester and Hampshire area. You can hear them singing a weekly Sunday service during term time, at services and concerts at Easter and Christmas, and on tours, recordings and broadcasts.
They rehearse twice a week and receive a generous scholarship for instrumental tuition.
How to join
Girls in school years 6 and 7 are encouraged to attend the Girl Choristers’ Open Afternoon and can audition from Year 6. Enquiries about informal auditions can be made at any time during the year. Formal auditions usually take place in March.