The Choristers of Jesus College are not simply maintaining an ancient tradition; they lead an exciting life, receiving an incomparable musical education, as well as enjoying the social and recreational aspects of the weekly schedule. The self-discipline, motivation, commitment and team spirit fostered through the music are invaluable skills for life.
Jesus College does not maintain a choir school, so choristers are instead drawn from local schools. In addition to the regular services and practices during term-time, the Choir also enjoys a busy schedule of recordings, broadcasts, concerts and tours. Recent trips have taken the choir to Switzerland, France, the USA, and Germany.
Parents and families are, of course, more than welcome to attend services.
How does a boy start?
If accepted, boys begin an introductory course twice a week, and over a period of a year or so (depending on age) they take up more of the choristers’ responsibilities. Full choristers are expected to attend two services and two rehearsals each week during University Full Term.
Is there a cost involved?
There is no cost to the chorister. Choristers are paid at the end of each term, receiving 'pocket money' in cash. The College also contributes to an amount held in trust, based on the length of a chorister's service, which is released as a stipend at the end of their time in the choir. Thanks to the generosity of an old member of the College, a fund exists for financial support towards the cost of instrumental tuition to enrich and aid the understanding of the music they sing with the Choir.
The Director of Music, Richard Pinel, is pleased to hear from prospective choristers at any time. Please contact the Choir Administrator to arrange an informal meeting, at which Mr Pinel can assess vocal potential and advise parents and their sons accordingly.
The next formal chorister auditions will take place on Sunday 21 May 2017. For further information please contact the Choir Administrator.
Further information about becoming a chorister may be found in this leaflet.