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Chorister admissions at 8+

A world-class musical and academic education, with up to 100% off fees

Becoming a chorister from Year 4 to Year 8 offers boys the opportunity to join a world-class choir, and a top independent prep school for 270 boys.

Admissions at 8+ Chorister

All choristers receive generous scholarships, supplemented by means-tested bursaries where needed, meaning an education at one of the best independent schools in London can be completely free-of-charge.

Boys board at the School during the week, going home to their families from Friday evening at 6.30 pm*, until 9.45 am on Sunday morning.

(*Boys in Years 4 & 5 go home a little earlier on Fridays – either after School at 3.50 pm, or after prep (homework) at 5.00 pm.)

All choristers leave WCCS for leading schools at 13+, normally with music scholarships and awards.

Admissions at 8+ Chorister

How to apply

Auditions take place throughout the year, and our process will give you and your family plenty of space to consider whether being a chorister is right for your son. There is no cost, and you will not need to make a final decision until after an offer is made.

1. Join a ‘Being a Chorister’ Zoom session

Every half term, we welcome families who are keen to explore what it means to be a chorister. We take a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a chorister, focussing on what it means to board, and we will teach you a song.

Our Zoom sessions in 2024/25 are at 6.30 pm on the following dates, each lasting 30 minutes.

Wednesday 16th October 2024
Wednesday 20th November 2024
Wednesday 29th January 2025
Wednesday 12th March 2025
Wednesday 21st May 2025
Wednesday 18th June 2025

Register for one of these Zoom sessions here.

2. Practice one of our sample songs

Candidates can use our backing track to sing along at home to prepare. There are two options, so boys can pick their favourite.

3. Meet with us for an informal chat

Once you have joined us on Zoom, you and your son can come to WCCS to meet the Master of Music for an informal conversation. Your son can sing one of the songs he’s learned.

4. Go forward for a formal audition

The formal audition is not as scary as it sounds. No preparation is needed!

Boys also do some straightforward assessments in English and maths – sample papers here. They can play a piece on an instrument (although they do not need to be learning an instrument to become a chorister here). You can watch a short video on how auditions work in practice here.

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What kind of music does Westminster Cathedral Choir sing?

Westminster Cathedral Choir occupies a unique position at the forefront of English Church Music, and remains the only Catholic Cathedral Choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers.

The Choir draws on the finest music of the last millennium. Performances by composers like Byrd and Tallis, unheard for centuries, earned the Choir its reputation, and still feature today. Gregorian Chant, originating in the ninth century, and the works of Palestrina and Victoria from the Golden Age of Catholic Music, form the backbone of the Choir’s repertoire, but it also sings music from across the centuries, including the work of contemporary composers like Sir James MacMillan.

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How do boys become such expert musicians so young?

Boys start with singing technique, sight-reading and music theory. Combined with tuition in two instruments, and playing in orchestras and chamber groups, music becomes part of their daily lives. Practising and performing every day except Saturdays makes boys expert and instinctive musicians.

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Who makes a great Westminster Cathedral chorister?

A great Westminster Cathedral Chorister

  • loves to sing
  • has a passion for music
  • has an inquisitive, engaging mind
  • has energy and enthusiasm
  • can concentrate
  • can listen carefully
  • enjoys a challenge
  • loves being part of a team
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Who makes a great chorister boarder?

A great chorister boarder

  • loves to sing and perform to friends and family
  • has bags of energy
  • enjoys making friends
  • is organised
  • is on-time
  • loves his food (ours is the best in London)!
Admissions at 8+ Chorister
Admissions at 8+ Chorister

Who makes a great WCCS boy?

A great WCCS boy

  • works hard in class
  • has stamina
  • picks himself up after failure
  • throws himself into new challenges in music, sport and drama
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What does WCCS offer to chorister parents?

WCCS offers chorister parents a world-class musical and academic education for their sons, with up to 100% off fees, and a pathway to a top senior school at 13+

Admissions at 8+ Chorister
Admissions at 8+ Chorister

The Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral – Simon Johnson

Simon describes the work and ethos of Westminster Cathedral Choir in these words.

  • Teamwork
  • Excellence
  • Achievement
  • Attainment
  • Focus
  • History
  • Opportunity
  • Uniqueness
  • Dedication
  • Quality

Email masterofmusic@rcdow.org.uk

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chorister lifeAnswer all your questions on chorister life at WCCS here.


Next Steps

If your son is a lively, cheerful, musical boy, interested in exploring life as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, please contact Lucy Auger.

Tel 020 7798 9081

Email lauger@choirschool.com

Register online for a chorister place here. There is no registration fee.

Admissions at 8+ Chorister
Admissions at 8+ Chorister
Admissions at 8+ Chorister