Join us in our Cathedral singing
The Cathedral Chamber Choir has been singing in Cathedrals, Abbeys and collegiate chapels since 1979. To help develop the next generation of singers who enjoy singing in large cathedrals, we offer scholarship bursaries to young people and others who might not otherwise be able to take part.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from our support in singing cathedral services at a residential week or weekend we can help.
A skill for life
Over the years, we have been lucky enough to be joined by talented scholars, students and lovers of singing who have gone on to take up music as a profession and a life-enhancing hobby, either continuing to sing with us, or by joining other groups to develop their enthusiasm and choral skills. Participation in our tours has been used as the ‘residential’ part of a Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our Principal Conductor, Alex Berry writes:
“The Cathedral Chamber Choir is committed to nurturing the talent of young singers who are keen to learn more about the English choral tradition. The William Wingate scholarships offer the next generation of singers the opportunity to inhabit this tradition in one of our great cathedrals, within a supportive and encouraging environment.” Alexander Berry MA(Cantab) FRCO, Organist & Director of Music, Bradford Cathedral
Our scholarships are named after a long-standing and much-mourned choir member, a lifelong supporter of the English Cathedrals choral tradition. William left a sum in his will for the development of the choir. The Trustees wish to use it fully, to support young singers with travel and accommodation costs at a residential visit.
Singers will be fully incorporated into the work and activities of the choir making new friends and discovering and celebrating with us the glories of English Choral Music, reverently sung in our wonderful ‘Quires and places where they sing’.
What our scholars say
“I thought I’d drop you a line to say thanks for everything, you’ve all been very accommodating and generous to us newbies, and especially me who before this week had never sung in an Anglican service, and had never sung psalms or responses before. It was a really great opportunity for me to get some experience being a choral scholar of sorts (that I wouldn’t get anywhere else), and I really enjoyed it! It has opened my mind to maybe pursuing choral scholarships in the future for sure.” H.M. (Truro 2019)
“I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of the Cathedral Chamber Choir at Winchester Cathedral. The range of music was stunning and everyone was very supportive. I appreciated the intense practice as I could take in everything advised by the director needed for the evening’s performance. It was a real privilege to perform in a cathedral and experience the amazing acoustics.” E.F. (Winchester 2018)
“It has been a truly wonderful week singing in Winchester. This is a city and Cathedral which played a huge part in my childhood, and in which it had been a lifelong ambition to sing. To be able to realise this dream with such talented musicians and focussed directors has been wonderful. I have learned some beautiful and challenging music, and feel that I have been able to hone some of my musical abilities during this session.
I am grateful for the experience. Thank you so much for enabling our stay. It has been great fun working with you all.” D.W. (Winchester 2018)
“A big thank you for having me sing with you and The Cathedral Chamber Choir last week; I really enjoyed meeting you all and singing such a great repertoire.” M.B. (Portsmouth 2021)
Get in touch
When writing asking for a bursary for a cathedral visit, please include all the information you can about your current level of singing and experience and details of the choirs you are singing with. For reasons of safeguarding, you must be over 18 at the time of a choir visit, or accompanied at all times when with us by a parent or guardian.
If you are interested in making a charitable donation to assist our scholarship and bursary scheme (UK Registered Charity 296212), please do using our CAF donation page.