The gap-year choral scholarships at Hereford Cathedral (one each of alto, tenor and bass) run annually from 1 September to 31 August. The scholarships offer experience of singing daily in the cathedral choir alongside the six lay clerks (who are augmented by three assistant lay clerks at weekends), and they would thus particularly suit singers intending to go on to one of the major university choral foundations.

2018–19 scholarships

The tenor and bass vacancies for the year 2018–19 have now been filled; however, the alto post is still available. Prospective candidates for this and for future years are welcome to telephone the Director of Music, Geraint Bowen, for an informal discussion on 01432 374238, or to email him.

Former choral scholars are present or former students at King’s College, Cambridge; Trinity College, Cambridge; Christ Church, Oxford; the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and St Andrews; Birmingham Conservatoire; the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; and the Royal College of Music. Several are now working as freelance singers and two are lay clerks at Manchester Cathedral and Christ Church, Oxford.


The choral scholars of Hereford Cathedral 2017–18
Mark Laseter (tenor) and Johnny Day (bass)

Mark Laseter (tenor choral scholar, left) was awarded in 2014 the degree of Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Johnny Day (bass choral scholar, right) has just completed his A-levels at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield. Johnny was a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, and has been singing regularly as a deputy lay clerk there during his Sixth Form studies.

The image at the head of this page is St Ethelberts House, where the music scholars live