Performing music as part of Truro Cathedral Choir, directed by specialist professional musicians in one of the South West’s finest buildings.
Truro Cathedral Choir consists of 18 boy choristers, 18 girl choristers and 12 adult professional singers.
The boy choristers (aged 8 to 13) and girl choristers (aged 13 to 18) are distinct groups with their own musical and social identities; they only occasionally sing together for some of the biggest services and concerts.
All of the singers are auditioned and prioritise in their lives the choir’s busy schedule of commitments, which includes services, broadcasts, CD recordings and foreign tours.
Truro Cathedral has had a choir since it first opened it’s doors in 1887 and the current choristers are custodians of this precious piece of Cornwall’s cultural heritage.
All boy choristers attend Truro School Prep where they receive 25% scholarships. These scholarships are towards the school fees and can be supplemented by means-tested bursaries if required.
The boys rehearse every weekday morning from around 8am. There is a two-week pattern for singing services at Truro Cathedral, as follows:
Week A: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4.40pm rehearsal for 5.30pm service, (finished by 6.10pm). Additional 5-6pm Tuesday rehearsal possible. Sunday services at 10am and 4pm, with rehearsals from 8.50am and 3.15pm respectively.
Week B: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 4.40pm rehearsal for 5.30pm service; no Sunday duties.
In addition to these core duties, Truro Cathedral Choir sings services at Christmas and Easter as well as concerts at churches in Cornwall. Occasionally there is a foreign tour during the Easter or Summer holiday. A full schedule is published well in advance.
The official chorister auditions take place annually at Truro Prep School. Experienced staff from the cathedral and school assess each application carefully to decide whether a chorister place is right for the child and for the choir.
Boys can sing a short piece of music (for example, a verse from ‘Away in a Manger’) if they wish. They will be assessed on their voice, reading skills, ear and general aptitude (for example, concentration and commitment).
Boys must pass the school’s independent assessment which will be given at the same time as the chorister auditions. At this very young age, it is musical potential rather than ability that is being tested.
Singers in the boys’ choir are educated at Truro Prep School where they receive a 25% scholarship which can be supplemented with a means-tested bursary with the aim that the selection is based purely on 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. Truro Cathedral’s Director of Operations will be pleased to discuss this aspect of a chorister application at any stage.
Auditions are held annually for boys in Year 3. Boys normally enter the choir at the start of Year 4 though occasionally there are spaces in other years.
Boys from any school can apply, though if successful, they would have to move to Truro Prep School.
Truro Cathedral’s Director of Music or the Head of Truro Prep School will be happy to meet and listen to a boy at any time of year to give informal advice.
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