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Alto Choral Scholar

A unique chance to contribute to our musical tradition, create memorable performances, and develop as a choral artist within our esteemed Cathedral choir.

We’re in search of a talented Alto to join our Cathedral choir as a Choral Scholar starting in September 2024. If you have exceptional vocal and sight-reading skills, this could be your chance to become part of our renowned choir. We offer a supportive environment where you can grow and develop artistically.


  • Attend designated rehearsals, services and concerts as per the Choir Diary.
  • Maintain a high level of commitment to our schedule.
  • Engage in one weekday service (currently Mondays, 4:45pm – 6:00pm) and both Sunday choral services (Sundays, 9:15am – 11:15am & 2:45pm – 4:30pm).
  • Follow the choir term schedule aligned with Bristol Cathedral Choir School terms and religious holidays, ending Christmas, Easter, and in July respectively.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Showcase exceptional vocal and sight-reading abilities.
  • Perform and rehearse alongside our professional Lay Clerks.
  • Possess a strong musical background with choral singing experience.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Availability for rehearsals and services.
  • Enrolment in a degree programme preferred but not mandatory.

Competitive Choral scholarship package:

  • Year 1: £2,685 per annum
  • Year 2: £3,226 per annum
  • Year 3: £3,767 per annum

Consistent remuneration for a four-year degree.

  • Opportunities for extra compensation by substituting for absent Lay Clerks.
  • Access to professional singing lessons, the costs for which are covered by the Cathedral.

Additional Notes:

  • The Choir regularly participates in prestigious events, tours, and broadcasts.
  • 2025 will focus on the newly refurbished organ alongside choir performances.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who meet the required standard will be invited to attend an audition with Mark Lee, Master of the Choristers & Organist, which will include two contrasting prepared songs, vocal exercises to determine range and timbre, and two items of sight reading, one from the 20th or 21st century.

If you would like an informal conversation with the Master of the Choristers & Organist, Mark Lee, please arrange this by emailing [email protected] 

Choral Scholarship Booklet


Application Form