How to Join the Choir

Boys and girls are eligible to join the Cathedral Choir as probationers once they reach Year 4 (younger children are encouraged to join Carlisle Cantate). They are selected by an audition which can take place at any mutually convenient time. No previous musical training is required; all that is looked for is a good ear and a love of singing. A child’s reading ability is also taken into considerati

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Carlisle Cathedral

Life as a Cathedral chorister can be challenging, rewarding and exciting – all at the same time! While offering a first-rate musical education, it also teaches some of the most important lessons for life, such as self-discipline and working together as a team.

Among the material benefits on offer are:

  • Annual bursary paid to the parents
  • Monthly pocket money paid to the choristers
  • Extra money for weddings, concerts and broadcasts
  • Grants towards instrumental lessons
  • Free individual singing lessons with a professional teacher
  • Foreign tours
  • Free refreshments after school

Joining the Cathedral Choir

Boys and girls are eligible to join the Cathedral Choir as probationers once they reach Year 4 (younger children are encouraged to join Carlisle Cantate). They are selected by an audition which can take place at any mutually convenient time. No previous musical training is required; all that is looked for is a good ear and a love of singing. A child’s reading ability is also taken into consideration.

Life as a Cathedral chorister can be challenging, rewarding and exciting – all at the same time! While offering a first-rate musical education, it also teaches some of the most important lessons for life, such as self-discipline and working together as a team.

Auditions for both boys and girls currently in Year 3 will be held during June, with successful candidates beginning as choristers in September.

Saturday 18th June: Girl chorister auditions
(closing date for applications Thursday 9th June)

Saturday 25th June: Boy chorister auditions

(closing date for applications Thursday 16th June)

Information leaflets:

Choristerships for boys at Carlisle Cathedral HERE

Choristerships for girls at Carlisle Cathedral HERE

Application form: HERE

Lay Clerks

Lay Clerk duties consist of two Sunday Services and four weekday Evensongs (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), with a rehearsal 40 minutes before each service. The treble line alternates between girls and boys. Wednesdays and Saturdays are normally free. There is an annual stipend which is reviewed in January each year and there are also fees for certain additional services, including weddings, funerals and broadcasts. To apply contact the Music Department Administrator, Cathedral Office, 7 The Abbey, Carlisle CA3 8TZ musicadmin@carlislecathedral.org.uk for an application form.