Find out how your child can become a member of our Liverpool Cathedral Choir.

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.

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Outlined below is the normal progression a chorister will take through the Cathedral Choir.


The Probationers

On successful completion of the audition, boys and girls are admitted into the Cathedral Choir as probationer choristers. This is where they are taught how to sing and breathe properly, voice projection and music theory at Grade One level. They gain skills which they will require later on in the choir such as being part of a team, walking in procession, and an introduction to the repertoire as they sing a complete service with the Junior Choir once a term. The boy probationers attend rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays; and process in the afternoon service on Sundays, which enables them to listen to the Cathedral Choir and see how things are done. The girl probationers attend rehearsals on Thursdays and Sundays, and process in the serivce on Thursdays.


The Choir Probationers

On completion of the probationary period, the next step is the Choir Probationers. At this stage the boys and girls begin to learn the repertoire, being present at every rehearsal. They gain valuable experience of regularly singing in the Cathedral, and when a vacancy appears in the choir, one of the Choir Probationers takes the place.


The Choristers

Alongside the Lay Clerks, the Choristers (boys' voices, or girls' voices) maintain seven sung services in a week during term time. Having learnt much of the repertoire as a choir probationer, the transition into the choir is mostly seamless.


The Cross Guild

After leaving the Cathedral Choir, choristers are welcome to join the Cross Guild. In this role, the boys and girls are able to keep in touch with friends from the choir and the Cathedral itself. Visit the Cross Guild page for details.


The Lay Clerks

The Lay Clerks of Liverpool Cathedral consist of 12 men: 4 counter tenors, 4 tenors and 4 basses. Visit the Lay Clerks page for details.