Chorister Voice Trials

 

We are looking to recruit boys and girls from the age of 7 to become cathedral choristers.

As a member of Bradford Cathedral Choir you receive a first-class education in music, regular free singing and theory tuition, the opportunity to meet other children who love music, and the opportunity to sing at home and abroad. You can find out more about choristership at Bradford Cathedral here.

Virtual Voice Trials

For the first time ever, Bradford Cathedral Choir is hosting virtual voice trials! To request a voice trial please fill in our Voice Trials Form!

Voice trials will be held via Zoom. We'll send you a link at a pre-arranged time and you will need to download the browser extension. This normally happens automatically when you click the link. Your computer will need a webcam and microphone. If this is not possible please let us know and we will try to make alternative arrangements.

What do you have to do?

You will be asked to sing the first verse of Away in a Manger.

Here are some learning tracks to help you. Please practise both versions.

Learning Track 1 Accompaniment Track 1
Learning Track 2 Accompaniment Track 2




Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
laid down his sweet head,
The stars in the bright sky
looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus
asleep on the hay.

We will then ask you to do a few singing exercises.

We will also ask you to read the following passage aloud:

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said, “Bother!”, and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat.    (from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame)

We would then like to have an Informal chat with parents/carers about the chorister commitment.

What happens next?

If your child is accepted for a place in Bradford Cathedral Choir, they will start off as a "probationer" chorister. While schools are closed we will offer them free online singing lessons, music theory and musicianship tuition and the chance to take part in virtual choir activities.

When schools re-open:

  • Boy probationers attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
  • Girl probationers attend on Mondays and Thursdays after school.
  • Boys and girls are also expected to attend on alternate Saturday mornings.

Probationers recieve a bespoke musical education with our Probationer Tutor, and are gradually integrated into the full choir.

FAQs

Who can become a chorister?
Anyone can be a chorister! All it requires is musical potential, the right attitude and a full commitment from the children and fom their parents/carers.

Is previous experience required?
No. Boys and girls need a good ear and a voice with potential. The best age to join the choir is about seven or eight years - but we will take on older children who show talent.

Does my child have to be a Christian?
No. The Cathedral is welcoming to those with any faith, little faith or none. Our Choristers share one attribute; a love of singing. The function of a cathedral choir is to support worship in Christian faith. There is faith development to help the choristers gain an understanding of the Christian faith, but there is no obligation to be a Christian.

Do choir duties interfere with their schooling?
Our choristers come from many different schools across the city. On singing days they need to come straight from school to the cathedral. Services always finish by 1830, leaving plenty of time for tea, homework and time to relax.

What about weekends?
Boy and girl choristers attend on alternate weekends. This means that every second weekend is free of commitments. On a typical singing weekend there is a rehearsal on Saturday morning, then a morning and an afternoon service on Sunday.

Does choir continue through the holidays?
Choristers do not have to attend during school holidays with the exception of Christmas and Easter. These are two of the most important festivals of the Christian year and we often sing the most exciting music at these times.

What safeguarding procedures do you have in place?
All Bradford Cathedral Choir staff are safely recruited according to the Church of England's procedures. They all hold valid DBS checks and undertake Church of England safeguarding training. They are experienced at working with children, and caring for and nuturing our young people is at the centre of the choir's culture.