Exeter Cathedral Choir leads around eight services each week during term time, maintaining a tradition that has been largely unbroken for centuries.
Described by Classic FM as “one of the country’s finest choirs,” Exeter Cathedral Choir leads around eight services each week during term time, maintaining a tradition that has been largely unbroken for centuries. It also has a busy programme of other engagements, which often includes tours (most recently to Austria and Slovakia), concerts, recordings and radio broadcasts. Recent engagements include Bach St John Passion (with Charivari Agréable), and Bernstein Chichester Psalms. The choir’s sell-out performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach B Minor Mass were ecstatically received.
Exeter Cathedral Choir leads daily acts of worship. The Choir seeks to serve and inspire by providing music for the cathedral’s liturgy, educational outreach and concert programmes.
Up to thirty-eight boy and girl Choristers (aged between 7 and 13 years old) sing in the Cathedral Choir. All attend Exeter Cathedral School.
The children enjoy a broad education alongside a challenging but rewarding life as a Chorister. They are trained to a professional standard to sing alongside the adult members of the choir, benefitting from unparalleled musical training and developing a strong sense of commitment, responsibility, teamwork and social skills.
Voice Trials for potential Choristers usually take place in January each year, but we are always happy to receive enquiries from parents of potential Choristers.
Our choral scholarship programme provides exciting opportunities for university-aged singers who are interested in immersing themselves in the life of a professional Cathedral Choir.
Choral Scholars come to Exeter for a gap year immediately before or after university or in conjunction with a degree course at the University of Exeter (scholarships are usually tenable for the duration of the course).
Scholars sing alongside the Choristers and Lay Vicars up to six days a week (there are typically no duties on Saturdays) and are paid a scholarship by the Dean and Chapter that is currently worth c. £3,500.
Former Exeter Scholars have gone on to undergraduate and postgraduate studies at major universities and conservatoires, as well as full-time singing careers with some of the country’s leading ensembles.
Choral Scholarships are usually advertised widely around 10-12 months in advance of the academic year, but Timothy Noon (Director of Music) is always happy to receive enquiries from potential Choral Scholars at any time.