Since its foundation in 1352, St George’s has been a Choir School and home to the choristers who sing in the choir of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
This musical tradition is as vibrant and important today as it ever was and the choristers, although only small in number in our school community, fulfil a vital role in the daily life of the school and the college.
The choir is formed of up to 23 choristers, both boys and girls, with new choristers – some of whom may already be students at the school – appointed during Year 3 to begin with the choir at the start of Year 4. If vacancies exist in older year groups, it may be possible for a child to join as a chorister at a later date. Choristers remain in the choir until the end of Year 8, when they leave St George’s for senior school.
In addition to the excellent musical grounding that they receive from the Chapel Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music and Organ Scholar, they receive regular singing lessons with the renowned teacher, Anita Morrison. Within the School, choristers also take music theory lessons and learn to play at least two instruments.
The choristers live in the School’s boarding house from Sunday morning to Friday evening, rehearsing every morning and singing in services on most days as well as on special occasions such as Garter Day, and over Christmas and Easter.
A choristership is an intense but rewarding and enjoyable experience which gives students confidence, poise and the ability to work in a team.
A Choristers Life
Watch the video below to see what’s it like to be a Chorister at the world famous St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle:
Being a chorister
Rt Rev David Conner is the senior clergyman at St George’s Chapel – he explains the importance and value of being a chorister, and how the tradition and training offer great life-long opportunities