Choral scholarships are available to both boys and girls for training to become a chorister. This is an opportunity for young people to make a full commitment to the music of the Cathedral and, in return, receive an excellent all round education at Lichfield Cathedral School.
For boy choristers, the preferred entry is aged 7 or 8 (Year 3 or 4) as a probationer, although entry as late as 10 years old (Year 6) is allowed, if there are places available. For girl choristers, the preferred entry is aged 10 or 11 (Year 6), although entry as late as 12 years (Year 8) is allowed if there are places available.
The Cathedral Chapter provides a choral scholarship representing a 50% remission of School tuition fees for boy choristers and the School provides a 25% remission of tuition fees for girl choristers. The different sizes of scholarships reflect their different levels of commitment, as the boys sing more services than the girls.
For more information about choral scholarships, please contact the Admissions Team on 01543 306168.
The award of a choristership requires a substantial commitment from all parties concerned: the chorister and her or his family, the Cathedral and the School. This commitment, along with the responsibilities of each party, are summarised within a contract to be agreed by all involved.
The Cathedral award choristerships to boys on the understanding that they will remain in the Choir and School at least until the July after their 13th birthday, preferably longer. If the chorister’s voice changes from the treble register before this time, he will no longer be required to sing and the Cathedral will continue to pay half of the School fees until he leaves at the proper time. Only in exceptional circumstances will this be changed.
Girl choristerships are awarded by the Cathedral School on the understanding that each girl will remain as a chorister and enrolled in the School at least until the end of Year 10, preferably longer.
Former boy and girl choristers are encouraged to join the school’s scholarship-based SATB youth choir, Cantorum, to continue their choral training and to prepare for Choral Scholarships at university. Cantorum provides the training and preparation needed for those intending to apply to be a choral scholar at university. Former choristers also benefit from music scholarships up to and including Sixth Form.