Do you know a child who loves singing and enjoys making music?
York Minster and St Peter’s School are looking for boys and girls who are currently in Year 3 to join York Minster Choir as choristers from September 2022.
There are 40 girl and boy choristers at York Minster who collectively sing at eight services each week as part of the world-class York Minster Choir.
Life as a chorister is fun and inspiring, with each day bringing new adventures and experiences. Here are ten reasons why you should consider this life-changing opportunity for your child:
Why be a chorister?
Outstanding education– All choristers are educated at St Peter’s School, York, one of the country’s leading independent schools and The Sunday Times North Independent School of the Year 2019.
Exceptional musical training – Choristers discover a joy of music that will last a lifetime and become proficient musicians because of the daily routine of rehearsing and performing. They have access to the excellent Music Department at St Peter’s School, and benefit from the expertise of Mr Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster.
Exciting co-curricular opportunities – Pupils at St Peter’s develop a lifelong love of learning from a young age, with an all-round education supplemented by an extensive co-curricular programme to develop their talents in music, academics, culture or sports.
Inspiring location – The chance to sing in one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals is one of the greatest benefits of being a chorister. York Minster is only a short walk away from St Peter’s School, and the choristers’ daily routine is carefully scheduled to ensure that they can enjoy being members of York Minster Choir whilst taking full advantage of everything St Peter’s has to offer.
1,000 years of history – The shared heritage between St Peter’s School and York Minster can be traced back to the year 627AD. Today, St Peter’s School is the second oldest choir school in England and the choristers are part of a 1,000-year-old tradition of church music.
Friendship – Choristers make friends for life, with daily rehearsals and services shared equally between the girl and boy choristers. They sing, rehearse and attend lessons together and become great friends as a result of their shared experiences.
Skillsfor life – The skills developed by choristers go beyond the musical to those needed for life. Choristers are confident, resilient, organised, focused and very efficient time managers. They are also excellent team players.
Future prospects – Being a chorister can transform a child’s prospects, thanks to the skills they develop and the training they receive as members of York Minster Choir.
Financial support – All chorister fees are subsidised by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster, with a minimum subsidy of 60%, to ensure that all children have the opportunity to join the choir.
Ask our choristers – Lola, a current chorister, says: “I really like St Peter’s School. The Music Department is amazing and having facilities like the science labs is great. The grounds are big and I have lots of friends. I love being a chorister because I love the music and the services, and I feel calm when I sing.”
How to apply
A love of singing is the key to becoming a chorister. Children need to be able to sing in tune, pitch notes and be interested in developing their musical talents, but no formal singing experience is required.
Applicants should currently be in Year 3, entering Year 4 from September 2022, and should live near enough to York Minster and St Peter’s School for the extra duties of the choir to be practicable.