Auditions are held in January or February each year. Previous choral singing experience in a school, church or cathedral choir is an advantage but is not essential. Generally, appointments are made on entry to Year 7, although occasionally, a girl with exceptional talent, might be appointed into other years should vacancies arise in the choir. For those who have not boarded before, a taster night in Priory House (the King’s Ely Junior boarding house) may also form part of the admissions process.
The audition itself takes about 20 minutes, and candidates will be asked to sing a solo piece of their own choice, in a classical style. The ABRSM Lists A and B for Grades 3-5 singing, available online, provide a good example of the kind of repertoire that helps us to make the best assessment of a girl’s potential as a chorister. During the audition, candidates will also be asked to do some vocal exercises to test range, as well as some simple aural and sight-reading tests. Many girls will not have had sight-reading experience but the aim is to see how quickly they can learn something new.
Girls are encouraged to meet the Director for an informal pre-audition and to hear the choir in rehearsal, as well as to see the boarding house and to discuss the opportunities and routine.
For further information about the whole process of admission to the Girls’ Choir, please contact the Director, Sarah MacDonald or the King’s Ely Admissions team, who will be happy to guide you and your daughter through our requirements.
Details of Choral Awards and application forms can be found in the Admissions section.