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Becoming a Boy Chorister

Boys are usually admitted to the choir as probationers from the age of seven. Probationers over the age of 9 are not normally appointed, although in cases of exceptional musical ability and previous choral experience, this rule is flexible. Boys usually leave the choir in the summer term of their fourteenth birthday (school Year 9), unless by prior agreement (e.g. when a voice breaks earlier).

As a probationer, each boy receives detailed and individual vocal training, lessons in sight singing, and many opportunities to observe the Choristers at work, both in practices and services. The probationary period usually lasts for a year, but it can be shorter or longer, depending on the individual's progress and age. There are professional singing teachers employed by the cathedral for the choristers and probationers.

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If your son is interested in joining either the Cathedral Choir, then we would love to hear from you. Tel: 01727 890245 or e-mail: music@stalbanscathedral.org.

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