Day in the Life

Lichfield Cathedral has had choristers as part of its history for more than 800 years and this tradition still thrives today.

Life as a chorister in the cathedral can be challenging, rewarding and exciting – all at the same time! Whilst offering a first-rate musical education, it also teaches some of the most important lessons for life, such as self-discipline and working together as a team. The example timetables below will give you an idea of the commitment required of boy and girl choristers. Life as a Chorister (below) will also give you more detail about what’s involved.

Boy Chorister Timetable

Day/Time Activity
Monday
8.00am-8.40am Rehearsal
8.45am-4.00pm Normal school day
Tuesday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Normal school day
4.40pm-5.20pm Rehearsal
5.30pm-6.20pm Choral Evensong - Boy Choristers
Wednesday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Normal school day
4.15pm-5.45pm Rehearsal
Thursday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Normal school day
4.40pm-5.20pm Rehearsal
5.30pm-6.20pm Choral Evensong - Boy Choristers
Friday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Rehearsal
4.40pm-5.20pm Rehearsal
5.30pm-6.20pm Choral Evensong - Boy Choristers
6.15pm-6.55pm Full Rehearsal in the Cathedral
Sunday*
9.30am-10.45am Rehearsal
11.00am-12noon Choral Eucharist in the Cathedral
1.50pm-2.45pm Rehearsal
3.00pm-4.00pm Choral Evensong


Girl Chorister Timetable

Day/Time Activity
Tuesday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Normal school day
Wednesday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Normal school day
4.40pm-5.20pm Rehearsal
5.30pm-6.20pm Choral Evensong - Girl Choristers
Thursday
8.00am-9.00am Rehearsal
9.00am-4.00pm Normal school day
Sunday*
9.30am-10.45am Rehearsal
11.00am-12noon Choral Eucharist in the Cathedral
1.50pm-2.45pm Rehearsal
3.00pm-4.00pm Choral Evensong

* The boy and girl choristers share Sunday duties
 

Christmas and Holy Week (Easter)

The choristers perform a series of concerts and services in the week leading up to Christmas and at the main Christmas Day Eucharist. Depending upon when Easter falls, the choristers may sing at a series of services during Holy Week services up to and including Easter Day.

Tours and Recitals

In addition to its work in the Cathedral, the choristers undertake a certain amount of work away from Lichfield. The boys and the girls make several visits a year around the Diocese to give concerts, designed to strengthen links between the Cathedral and local parishes and to bring music to some places where there is none.

The choristers have toured abroad with visits to Malta, Holland, Germany, France, Italy and the USA. The girl choristers have also visited Dublin and have a fruitful exchange programme with the Limburg Choir in Germany.

Tours are set up on the basis that, whilst no one is paid for the trip, no one has to pay for it either. Therefore, a certain amount of fund-raising is necessary and choristers and parents throw themselves into this with aplomb. 

Voice and instrumental lessons

Choristers must learn to play at least one musical instrument; often they learn two or three.  Many choristers take part in ensembles, orchestras and bands at the school, playing at school concerts, musicals and other social and alumni events.

Choristers have weekly music theory lessons with the Director of Music for the school.  All choristers have individual voice lessons with an experienced vocal coach.

To apply for a voice trial or a formal audition, contact the Admissions Team on 01543 306168.

Lichfield Cathedral School by Numbers

2 School sites
3.7 Miles between the two schools
22 GCSE subjects
215 raised for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal