St Mary’s Cathedral encourages children with an interest in singing to apply for a chorister place. Boys and girls typically audition for the Choir during their P3 or P4 year at school (equivalent to Years 3 or 4 in the English system). At audition, we look for a clear voice, good ear, and an enthusiasm for singing: we do not expect to hear the finished article aged 8! If successful, a chorister place is offered at St Mary’s Music School, with the Cathedral paying 33% of the school fees, with further discretionary help provided if necessary. Financial means should not be a barrier to any successful application being taken forward. In some instances, more substantial support in the form of an Aided Place may also be available.
Choristers sing in the choir from P5 – S2 and attend St Mary’s Music School for the duration of their choristership, learning up to two instruments in addition to their singing, and being educated alongside the instrumentalists in one of Scotland’s leading schools.
Being a chorister is undoubtedly hard work, but the rewards are immeasurable. The skills learnt extend well beyond the musical: as well as developing music theory, sight reading, singing technique, and aural awareness, choristers develop skills such as teamwork, confidence, language, and working to deadlines, as well as enjoying wonderful opportunities, from meeting leading composers to broadcasting live on radio and television to performing in some of the world’s greatest concert venues.
For more details about the chorister programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or for a prospectus and application form for St Mary’s Music School, please visit www.st-marys-music-school.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)131 538 7766.