Choral Scholarships

Choral Scholarships are available for young singers who do well in the entrance exam and have a particular talent and passion for the classical choral tradition. If your child is musical, has a very good singing voice and would value the opportunity to regularly sing with either Chelmsford or Brentwood Cathedral, he or she may be eligible for a Choral Scholarship.

The School’s strong musical reputation is augmented by its close association with the cathedrals and
over a number of years has actively encouraged and supported pupils and staff to sing in their choirs. Recent choral performances have included Belshazzar’s Feast by Walton, Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Fauré, Gloria by Poulenc, and The Crucifixion by John Stainer.

The School has two Chapel Choirs, one for girls and the other for boys aged 8-13 (places are limited to 20 girls and 20 boys across the age range). The Choirs share the musical contributions for the Chapel Services e.g Advent and Carol services. In doing so, we aim to give our girls and boys the unique opportunity to prepare for the experience of an Oxbridge choir.

In addition to the musical benefits associated with membership of the Choirs, there will also be opportunities for tours, concerts and possibly recordings.

Application Process

Candidates will be invited to attend a Choral Scholarship Audition to perform in front of a panel as singers, to read at sight, take some aural tests, and to answer questions on general musical matters. The panel will comprise Directors of Music from the School and both Cathedrals. If candidates play a musical instrument they will be encouraged to do so at the audition. Candidates will be put at ease and will perform at the top of their potential because of the friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

Commitment Required
A Choral Scholar will be committed to the School and to either Brentwood or Chelmsford Cathedral.

Brentwood Cathedral
Scholars at the age of 11 will be required to participate in the Sunday morning service (11.30am); sing choral vespers in the third Sunday of each month (5pm) and every Wednesday evening (6pm). In addition, Scholars will attend major, high profile Cathedral services.

Chelmsford Cathedral
The commitment required can vary between age groups. Scholars at the age of 11 are required for rehearsals two mornings a week before School and two afternoons a week after School, as well as some Saturdays and every Sunday in School term time. The commitment reduces once a pupil’s voice is alto,
tenor or bass.

Brentwood School
Choral Scholars are expected to play an important part in the musical life of the School contributing to the various choirs and performing regularly in concerts.

Successful candidates will also need to have performed very well in the Entrance Examination in January.