Be a Chorister Afternoon - for children P3 to P5.

Find out what it's like to be a chorister and part of the award-winning Choir of St Mary's Cathedral. 

Friday 15th November, 2pm to 6pm. Free. Booking essential. 

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Five Year Programme

Choristers follow a rewarding five year programme. The Probationary year (see below) is entirely optional, but is a great introduction to the routines and disciplines of singing in a world-class Choir.

Singing and Instrumental Lessons, together with Theory lessons and a certain amount of practice, all happen during the school day. Click here to learn more about a typical weekly timetable.

Probationer Choristers Optional year for Primary 4 (age 7-8) pupils
As an introduction to Chorister life, Probationers attend their local Primary/Prep School but come to the Cathedral for Tuesday Singing Club and sing at Thursday’s Choral Eucharist.
 
Year 1 Primary 5 (age 8-9)
From P5 all Choristers attend St Mary’s Music School (see Weekly Routine).
In the first term a P5 pupil has a fairly light singing timetable.  There is additional support with sight-singing, aural and theory.
 
Year 2 Primary 6 (age 9-10)
The second year brings new challenges and plenty of new repertoire.
 
Year 3 Primary 7 (age 10-11)
Transition week in May allows a taster of what’s in store for Choristers moving into the Senior School.
 
Year 4 Senior 1 (age 11-12)
A Chorister’s Senior years are the most rewarding part of their time with us.
Chorister pupils usually take up an additional instrument and/or piano.
 
Year 5 Senior 2 (age 12-13)
Our most senior singers, S2 Choristers are given important responsibilities and roles.
This year is a wonderful culmination of five years of hard work. See also ‘Moving on’.
 

Choir Practice

 

Instrumental Learning

Choir School

Saturday Music Classes

 

St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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