Why should my child join the Liverpool Cathedral Choir?
By joining our choir, your child becomes part of the choral tradition and history of Liverpool Cathedral. Each child gains a range of opportunities and skills, he or she would struggle to find elsewhere in the Merseyside area. Our choristers come from schools all over the city.
- Excellent, free musical instruction.
- Instrument tuition.
- Opportunity to travel.
- Acquire and hone performance skills.
We’ve found the children who’ve joined our choir mature, developing a keen sense of responsibility and excellent social skills, well beyond their years. This experience will be a great asset as they continue through life, as our previous choristers have found. Many of whom have gone on to achieve distinguished careers in their chosen professions.
What skills does my child need to become a Liverpool Cathedral chorister?
Essentially, your child needs a passion for music. Once your child has passed his or her audition, we help develop the rest.
What musical education will my child receive?
Your child will receive excellent musical training:
- voice production
- sight reading
- music theory.
Because they are always singing, your child’s confidence and musicianship develops while their repertoire grows constantly.
What does being a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral involve?
The choir sings at choral services up to six days a week.
Boys and girls sing separately but most often alongside professional Lay Clerks – gentlemen of the choir.
On rehearsal days, snacks are provided and there is time for recreation, then rehearsal and evensong. The 6:00 pm finish still leaves time for homework and leisure time. As the Cathedral works closely with all the schools where our choristers come from, there is minimum interference with studies. With particular concern for the older children in the choir, we try and include a week’s study leave for the whole choir during June when the exam season starts.
Is it all work?
Our choir provides an opportunity for boys and girls to make friends, with whom they enjoy a full and happy social life, including an annual choir tour, which in the past has taken them to France, Spain, the Czech Republic and Japan.
When the choristers are not in rehearsal or singing services, they are free to use the various indoor and outdoor recreational facilities at the East End of the Cathedral.
When should my child apply to become a Liverpool Cathedral chorister?
Boys can audition from the age of six and girls can start at ten. If your child passes his or her audition, your child will become a probationer.
When does a young person leave the choir?
When a boy's voice breaks, and when a girl reaches the age of 16, they leave the choir but can continue to take part in the ceremonial aspects of the Cathedral services through the Cathedral ex-choristers Guild, known as the Cross Guild. They are also encouraged to join The Overcrofters – the Cathedral Youth Group, to enable them to continue their association with the Cathedral and other young people.
How do I apply?
Complete the application form and send it to the Music Office. These are available from the Cathedral welcome desk, the Music Office (please note: closed on Wednesdays each week) or you can download and print it by clicking on the link below. Details will be sent to you by return.