A Day in the Life of a Chorister
Being a chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral is a rich, varied and full experience. Not only does it offer a brilliant musical education, it enables pupils to work in a professional musical environment to the highest standards.
The choristers of St Paul's Cathedral take part in many services of national importance, often attended by royalty and world leaders. They regularly represent the cathedral and the country on international tours, most recently to the USA, and continue to build their already substantial discography with recordings under the labels of Hyperion and Decca. Above all, though, their main job is to sing the daily office of the cathedral in the rich tradition of church music and choral singing.
An average day for a chorister includes a morning rehearsal, the normal school day and an afternoon rehearsal followed by a cathedral service. In the evenings, supper is followed by homework and music practice before enjoying free time and the company of each other in the boarding house. Weekends consist mainly of singing but there is also time to catch up with family or enjoy activities off site under the supervision of the boarding staff.
When a boy arrives as a new chorister, he will spend his first year as a probationer. This means he will only be boarding from Monday to Friday and will go home at the end of school on a Friday. When boys proceed to the full choir, they will initially have an exeat weekend away each half term.
The boarding house is a vibrant and happy place, where boys learn to work and live together, whilst becoming independent at the same time. It is well known that the structure and discipline of boarding and the chorister routine stay with the choristers for the rest of their education.