Singing at Ely Cathedral is an experience which sets boys up for life. Between the ages of 7 and 13, our choristers receive an unrivalled musical education, performing daily as professionals in the Cathedral as well as in venues all over the world. They learn skills of self-discipline and confidence, and gain an appreciation of hard work and high standards which lasts a lifetime: choristers go on to successful careers in all fields and develop a passion for music. It's a big commitment for them and their families, but they make life-long friendships and have a lot of fun!
All of our choristers attend King's Ely. Boys can join the choir from age 7 in Year 3, following a light timetable and attending King's as day pupils, before a gentle introduction to boarding in Year 4.
The choristership award is equivalent to 50% of the full boarding fee while a boy sings. Junior probationers in Year 3 receive an award of 20% of the school's day fees.
From Year 4 when boarding becomes the norm, the choristership award is equivalent to 50% of the full boarding fee while a boy sings, and boys who stay at the school after Year 9 automatically qualify for a further award of 33% off day or boarding fees whilst continuing to contribute significantly to its musical life.
More than that, we strive to ensure that no boy is prevented from taking up a choristership solely for financial reasons and it is sometimes possible, with means testing, for us to approach full funding.
Find out more about choristerships via the links below or contact us straight away:
Would you like to find out more about what choristerships involve, the audition process and whether it's right for your son? Paul Trepte, the Cathedral's Director of Music, will be glad to talk to you informally and guide you through the process. You can telephone him on +44 (0)1353 660336 or email: gro/lardehtacyle//etpert/p
You can also find out more about life at King's Ely, including boarding, fees, and even organising a taster day for your son. The Admissions Department are always happy to help, and you can contact them on Fax: +44 (0)1353 665281 or via email: gro/ylesgnik//snoissimda
Ely Cathedral Choir - September 2015 Enlarge
BBC Radio 3 Easter Day Enlarge
Recording Session - February 2014 Enlarge