Choristers lead a busy but fulfilling life. They sing in one of Yorkshire's most magnificent buildings 3 days a week, usually for four services each week. In addition to this, they have the opportunity to take part in CD recordings, live TV and radio broadcasts and international tours. It is a real privilege to be able to sing in Wakefield Cathedral Choir which has a national reputation for excellence in worship.
"Being in the Cathedral Choir is fun. You get to meet lots of new people and make good friends. I love singing and we get to learn some really interesting music."
Current Chorister, Elias, Aged 10.
Think about your child becoming a chorister with us. Children singing in choirs gain:
- Skills for life
- Strong friendships
- Great experiences
- Inspiration of music
- Outstanding musical education
Choristers are educated at various schools around the Wakefield area. When children attend the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, fee remissions are available to all chorister parents. All choristers receive a small amount of payment for the duties per term.
"I joined the Cathedral Choir when I was nine and loved it from the start. It opened up a whole new world of music and experiences I would never have found anywhere else, and is one of those rare activities where adults and children work together as a team and as equals – the Choristers are just as important as the Layclerks! It was exciting to be able to take part in live radio broadcasts, TV programmes and foreign tours. I auditioned for and sang in the Diamond Choir for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and was a finalist in the BBC Young Chorister competition. The real pleasure though was the day to day challenge of learning new music, often at very short notice, and developing my skills as a singer - this training gave me the best possible grounding in pursuing a career in music. I left the Choir to study singing at Chetham’s School of Music, and am now a member of the Rodolfus Choir, one of the best youth choirs in the country. I am have just commenced a BMus (Hons) course in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, specialising in Classical Voice. I’ve also been granted a Choral Scholarship for the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir, and can’t wait to get back into choir robes! None of this would have been possible had I not been a Cathedral Chorister..."
Former Chorister, Molly Cochrane.
Enthusiasm, intelligence and potential are the keys to becoming a Chorister at Wakefield Cathedral – boys and girls are not expected to have a fully developed voice, nor is much formal singing experience necessary. Potential choristers need to be able to sing and to pitch notes when played on a piano. The duties are sensibly phased in through a probationary period, enabling children to adapt to a new routine and settle into friendship groups well. Usually, pupils audition in Year 2 with a view to joining the choir as a probationary chorister at the beginning of school Year 3. Occasionally it is possible for children to join at an older age. Please contact our Director of Music, Tom Moore here.
Old Choristers' Association
Once a member of a cathedral choir, always a member of a musical family. Wakefield Cathedral has a thriving and active Old Choristers' Association organising opportunities to get back together, sing and be social. Their website can be accessed here: