Performing music with an outstanding choir directed by specialist professional musicians in one of the South West’s finest buildings.
Truro Cathedral has had a choir in the traditional form of boys and men since it first opened its doors in 1887. September 2015 witnessed the welcome addition of girl choristers. Like the boy choristers, the girls rehearse each weekday morning before school with the Cathedral’s specialist musicians. They sing services and concerts at the Cathedral with the twelve professional singers who sing the lower parts. In addition to these regular services and concerts, girl choristers share BBC broadcasts, CD recordings and foreign tours that the Cathedral Choir undertakes each year.
The girl and boy choristers are celebrated not only in Cornwall but across the UK and internationally.
Girls currently in Year 8 can apply for entry into the Choir when they reach Year 9 the following September. Girls from any school can apply, though if successful they have to move to Truro School.
The official chorister auditions take place at Truro School in January, followed by Truro School’s entrance exam.
Experienced staff from the Cathedral and School assess each application carefully to decide whether a Chorister place is right for the student and the Choir.
Girls are asked to prepare a song of their choice that shows off their voice well. They will be assessed on their voice, sight-reading ability, ear and general aptitude (for example, concentration and commitment). Girls must also pass the school’s academic selection criteria.
The girl choristers are educated at Truro School where they receive a 25% scholarship from the school which can be supplemented by a means-tested additional bursary of up to 100% with the aim that selection is based on pure ability.
Bursaries will aim to make the school fees affordable for applicants of any financial background, but parents will be expected to make some sacrifices. Bursaries are reviewed annually and will be adjusted if parental circumstances change. The Bursar will be pleased to discuss this aspect of a Chorister application at any stage.
Because of the level of commitment required of choristers, they are not eligible to apply for other school scholarships. The commitment they undertake is from Year 9 to Year 13 inclusive.
Truro School offers girls boarding between the ages of 11 and 18. Visit our boarding pages for more information.
The girls rehearse at Truro School on weekday mornings before school, from 8.10am to 8.55am. In addition, there is a two-week pattern for singing in services at the Cathedral, as follows:
Week A: Tuesday and Thursday 4.40pm rehearsal for 5.30pm service.
Week B: Thursday 4.40pm rehearsal for 5.30pm service; Sunday 8.50am rehearsal for 10.00am service and 3.15pm rehearsal for 4.00pm service.
In addition to these core duties, the Choir sings services at Christmas and Easter as well as concerts and performances at churches in Cornwall. Occasionally there is a foreign tour during the Easter or Summer holiday.
Girl choristers also sing in the school chamber choir, attending one rehearsal per week as well as performances.
Thursday 9 November 2023
Our ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ event is the perfect opportunity for girls to experience life as a chorister, from morning rehearsal through to school lessons, and finally a short service of Evensong when they will have the chance to sing with the Cathedral Choir.
The event is open to girls currently in Years 7 and 8, especially those considering entry to the choir as they enter Year 9.
For more information, please email [email protected].
The Cathedral’s Director of Music is happy to meet and pre-audition any interested students to give feedback. Contact Christopher Gray on 01872 276782 or [email protected].
For information about Truro School, including fees, scholarships and means-tested bursaries, registration and chorister application forms, contact Truro School Admissions on 01872 246062 or email [email protected].
“Being a chorister is an amazing experience that I will fondly look back on for the rest of my life. I’ve been fortunate to have sung in some incredible venues, including St Paul’s Cathedral. Between the brilliant music and one-to-one training, I’ve been able to build on my musical talent.”
Sofie Palmer, Chorister
Jun 9th 2023
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"The Truro Cathedral Choir under the tireless direction of Christopher Gray give outstanding performances, with a satisfying equality of balance and tone between the boys and the men. Luke Bond’s colourful accompaniments and Gary Cole’s typically superb recording add to the listening pleasure of this truly outstanding CD."
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