Choirs - Chester Cathedral


Become a Chorister at Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral offers opportunities for boys and girls to audition for a place in the Cathedral Choir, providing a musical education that lasts for a lifetime.

Our choristers sing some of the greatest choral music from the 14th century to the present day, make long-lasting friendships and maintain a living tradition of music-making stretching back hundreds of years.

We are looking for boys and girls who really love to sing and have musical potential! After an initial training period as a Probationer, children are then admitted into the full choir when they reach a good level of musical proficiency. Choristers receive training in singing and music theory throughout the week during termtime, which ensures that our musical heritage is maintained and adds to their personal development with a unique education opportunity.

Our choristers come from all walks of life: there is no choir school at Chester and the choristers are recruited from schools all over the city and surrounding area, and there are regular social trips and activities.  The Cathedral provides bursaries for the choristers to ensure that all musically able children have an opportunity.

To find out more about the commitment, expectation, and benefits of being a Chester Cathedral chorister, please contact Philip Rushforth, Organist and Master of the Choristers, on or 01244 500 974.

Nave Choir

The Nave Choir is the UK’s longest running voluntary choir, established in 1867 by Dean John Saul Howson. If you have choir, sight-reading and vocal experience get in touch with our Nave Choir Director, Alex Lanigan-Palotai at

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