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Could your child be a chorister at York Minster?

York Minster and St Peter’s School York, are searching for children, currently in Year 3, to audition for the world famous Choir of York Minster and the chance to receive an outstanding education at St Peter’s School, York. Formal singing experience is not required, a love of singing is all that is needed.

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; energy, enthusiasm and humour are just as important as musical talent.

York Minster’s choristers receive an excellent education at St Peter’s School, York. The Chapter of York provides a substantial scholarship for each chorister towards school fees. Additional means-tested bursaries may potentially increase the level of funding to 100%.

The new choristers will join York Minster Choir from September 2023.

All prospective choristers will be auditioned by Mr Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2022.

The new choristers will join the Choir of York Minster from September 2023.


More information and how to apply:

For more information about the chorister audition process and to apply online go to:

For more details, contact Sara Bath, St Peter’s 8-13 Head’s PA, on 01904 527391 or email s.bath@stpetersyork.org.uk

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