Hereford Cathedral are looking for boys aged 6 – 9 who enjoy singing to join the cathedral choir as choristers

Hereford Cathedral is looking for the next generation of boy choristers to join its world-renowned choir. The Chorister Open Morning, which takes place on Saturday 22 May from 10 to 11 am (with registration from 9.30 am onwards), will give boys and their families an opportunity to learn about the life of a cathedral chorister, meet members of the cathedral’s music department and hear the choristers sing. Attendees will then be given the opportunity to get a real taste of life in the choir as they sing alongside some of the choristers.

If you would like to be contacted about the opportunities for choristerships at Hereford Cathedral, please fill in this form.

Alongside a full musical education, being part of a cathedral choir gives a great opportunity to meet new people and build lasting friendships – both for the boy and his family. All the choristers attend Hereford Cathedral Junior School and Hereford Cathedral School on a substantial scholarship provided by the cathedral, with extra financial support available, up to 100% fees, if needed.

Although the pandemic brought a temporary halt to the choir’s activities throughout much of 2020/2021, in the last few years the choir has travelled to Bologna at the invitation of the British Embassy in Rome, taken part in the D-Day 75 commemorations in Normandy and travelled to Rome to sing for the Pope. Closer to home, they have performed at a concert at Buckingham Palace, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, and take part each year in the Three Choirs Festival. All these activities are fitted around the choir’s central role of singing for the daily services at the cathedral.

Geraint Bowen, Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral, said, ‘Being a chorister is a fabulous opportunity for a musical boy who enjoys singing. Our choristers learn many important life skills and become the most amazing young professionals. They will have once-in-a-lifetime experiences during their time in the choir with them which will stay with them forever. It doesn’t matter if you have never set foot inside the cathedral before, if you know a boy who loves to sing we would love to hear from you and welcome you to our open morning on 22 May.’

‘We are looking for boys who enjoy singing and being part of a team, and it is not necessary for them to have had any previous choral experience or to play an instrument. When we select choristers it is musical potential we are looking for. It is the training they receive at the cathedral and the hard work that they put in which produces the results.’

If you would like to be contacted about the opportunities for choristerships at Hereford Cathedral, please fill in this form.

Places at the open morning are free of charge but advance booking is essential as space is limited to comply with Covid-safety rules. To register for a place, or for further information, please email [email protected] or call Geraint Bowen on 01432 374 238.

If you are not able to come to the open morning on Saturday 22 May, but would like an informal assessment of your son’s potential as a chorister, please contact Geraint Bowen who will be pleased to arrange this.

You can find out more about the cathedral choir here: www.herefordcathedral.org/cathedral-choir

You can find out more details about the life of a chorister at Hereford Cathedral: www.herefordcathedral.org/choristerships

You can see some FAQs about life as a chorister here: www.herefordcathedral.org/News/life-as-a-chorister