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Music is both a curriculum subject and an extra-curricular activity at Westminster Cathedral Choir School.

Choristers are taught both by the Master of Music (in charge of the Cathedral Choir) and by the School’s Head of Music (in charge of School orchestras, ensembles and instrumental lessons).

Every chorister receives the following formal musical tuition, every week, during term time.

Piano* (1 lesson)
Singing* (1 lesson)
Orchestral instrument (1 lesson)

*Piano and singing lessons are funded by the School; orchestral instrument lessons are charged to parents at £25.00 per lesson.
Day boys, from Years 3 to 8,  can have tuition in up to two instruments per week, from the following list.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Oboe
  • Piano*
  • Singing*
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin
*Currently full (waiting lists in place)

Tuition in a musical instrument is optional for day boys. Lessons are charged at £25.00 each.

Both choristers and day boys can join ensemble groups once they have reached the standards below.
  • Orchestra (grades 4-8)
  • Training orchestra (grades 2-4)
  • Senior strings (grades 5-8)
  • Middle strings (grades 3-5)
  • Junior strings (grades 2-3)
  • Senior wind group (grades 4-7)
  • Junior wind group (grades 2-4)
  • Brass group (grades 3-7)
There are many opportunities for choristers and day boys to sing at WCCS.

The Gallery Choir
The senior day boy choir, sings at most School Masses every Wednesday in the Cathedral. Entry is by audition only.

Recent highlights have also included recording the CD Songs for Christmas, and performing The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum for the English National Ballet.

The Junior Choir
The School’s training choir consisting of boys from Years 4 to 5 and performs at one School Mass each term and at School concerts during the year. 

Singing in the Pre-Prep
In addition to School and class assemblies, class music lessons and a weekly hymn practice, boys in the Pre-Prep have the chance to sing in the School Nativity (Reception), Christmas Carol Assembly (Year 1), School Carol Service (Year 3) and the House Singing Competition in the Lent Term.
Class music lessons, under the School’s Head of Music, are part of the academic timetable.

Reception Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
2 lessons
1 lesson
2 lessons
1 lesson
1 lesson
1 lesson
1 lesson
(Choristers take music theory tuition during these timetabled lessons until they reach grade 5.)

Need more information?
Please contact the School’s Head of Music,
Mr Nicholas Morrell


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