Cathedral Choristers

Worcester Cathedral Boy Choristers are a strong team of happy and talented boys who are educated at The King’s School, with those aged 7-11 based at King’s St Alban’s.  

Our Choristers sing the daily services at Worcester Cathedral and whilst their work is demanding it is hugely rewarding.  Boys leave the choir when their voice changes, though many continue to play a major part in the musical life of the King's School. A large number of Choristers have been awarded Choral and Organ Scholarships at leading Oxbridge colleges and others have entered the profession to become renowned conductors, choral directors, organists or singers.

The Worcester Cathedral Choir enjoys a national and international reputation, broadcasting regularly on radio and television and taking part in the Three Choirs Festival. The experience brings a daily exposure to fine music

If you would like to find out more about chorister opportunities please contact Worcester Cathedral's Organist and Director of Music, Peter Nardone on 01905 732916 or  peternardone@worcestercathedral.org.uk.

For further information about the education of Boy Choristers at King's St Alban’s, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Louise Robins on 01905 636592 or lrobins@ksw.org.uk

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, WORCESTER CATHEDRAL

The pupils of The King’s School, Worcester feature prominently in the Cathedral’s music department.  Whilst all of the boy choristers attend either King’s or King’s St Albans, an increasing number of voluntary choir choristers and girl choristers are also pupils at one of the three schools in the Foundation.

2017 was a Three Choirs Festival home year and our commissions that year include, amongst others, works by Piers Connor-Kennedy and Ian King.  Both of these musicians have recently composed works for both school and cathedral, indeed Piers was on the staff until last year.  It is a great thing that we should continue to support this particular avenue of creativity and I am pleased that Simon Taranczuk and I share similar likes in our choices of modern composers.  Both the Cathedral choir and the voluntary choir will join together to sing the Missa Vigornia of Connor-Kennedy at the Cathedral Eucharist during the Festival.

Speaking in broader terms, the previous year has seen a highly successful tour to the north of France with the girl choristers and men and a trip to Sweden for the boy choristers.  Alto Lay-Clerk, Richard Pugh, retired at Christmas and many of us enjoyed a meal at the County Cricket Club with Richard and his wife Shelagh, where we were able to join with former members of the department to thank him for quarter of a century of singing. 

Richard Cook, Organ Scholar, successfully applied for the position of Sub-Assistant Organist and was promoted at Easter, having filled in during the Lent term as conductor of the Voluntary Choir.  He has also been working in the music department at King’s but from September 2017 will have more focus on the Cathedral’s music.  The organ scholarship will be filled by Ashley Wagner in September 2017.  Ashley currently studies at Birmingham Conservatoire and hopes to combine the course there with his scholarship here at Worcester.

Another area of growth in the department is that of outreach to local schools, in collaboration with the Cathedral’s education department.  This valuable work has also had the spin-off of proving to be a good recruitment tool for our choirs.  Christopher Allsop, Richard Cook, John Wilderspin and myself have all been involved in bringing singing workshops into schools in the county.  It would be both comfortable and simple always to look to King’s in our work with youngsters but it is good to know that our liaison with other schools is not only supported but mirrored by the work that King’s school carries out in the broader field.

It would be remiss of me to let this report pass without mention of a CD that we released towards the end of last year in tribute to Sir David Willcocks, once organist at the Cathedral.  Whilst the middle of the summer is not the best time to mention such things, it is worth our noting the work of this great man and the sheer delight he has brought both singers and audiences over the years with his Christmas carols, both arranged and original.  The disc is available from the Cathedral shop and is distributed internationally through Regent Records.

 

Dr Peter Nardone

Organist & Director of Music