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Could your child be a chorister at York Minster?
York school pupils currently in Year 3 and who love singing are encouraged to audition for a place in York Minster’s world famous choir and the chance to be educated at St Peter’s School, York, the Choir School for York Minster since September 2020.
Children joining the choir, which is made up of 16 boys, 16 girls and 12 adult singers, will be part of an internationally renowned team of singers whose voices are an essential part of worship at the cathedral. The choristers are trained by Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster.
Becoming a chorister is a life-changing opportunity and life as a chorister is busy and rewarding, with new adventures and opportunities each day. Choristers perform at services, high profile occasions, events and concerts. They will also have the opportunity to take part in broadcasts for national media organisations such as BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, recordings for classical music labels and to tour abroad. Choristers develop key skills, make friends for life, and discover a joy of music that will last a lifetime.
The recruitment process aims to identify children with musicality and potential, rather than recruiting fully formed singers. Formal singing experience is therefore not required for the auditions; energy, enthusiasm and humour are just as important as musical talent.
York Minster’s choristers receive an excellent education at St Peter’s School. The Chapter of York provides a bursary for each chorister worth 60% of their school fees with means-tested funding potentially increasing the level of funding to 100%.
The new choristers will join York Minster Choir from September 2022.
All prospective choristers will be auditioned by Mr Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster. York Minster’s 2022 Chorister Auditions will be held in the week commencing 17 January 2022 at St Peter’s School, Clifton, York YO30 6AB. For an application pack and more details, contact Sara Bath, Master’s PA, on 01904 527391 or email email@example.com
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