Durham Cathedral Choir consists of 20 girl Choristers and 20 boy Choristers who sing separately alongside the 12 ladies and gentlemen of the Choir. Choristers typically join the Choir between the ages of 8 and 10, and remain until the age of 13.

All Choristers attend The Chorister School, where they receive a discounted education.  They may be either day pupils or boarders as from September 2018 we began admitting Choristers as day pupils in the school beginning with the youngest Choristers in years 4 and 5.  Choristers are able to participate in the extra-curricular activities that the School offers, including drama and sport. Choristers receive a first class musical education and experience performing to the highest of standards in one of Britain’s favourite buildings. The majority of the Choir’s singing takes place during the daily worship of Durham Cathedral. However, the Choir also takes part in concerts, recordings, live broadcasts on the radio and television, and international tours.

For more information and an application form,
please telephone 0191 384 2935 or

Our next Chorister Experience Day takes place on 29 February 2020 (12.30 – 6 pm) when children in school years 2 to 5 will sing alongside the Cathedral Choristers and find out about their life at Durham Cathedral and The Chorister School. For more details, please contact Jasmine Oakes by emailing


Parent Survey 2019

Does the school meet your expectations?

“Yes.  We love it and are delighted that our child is lucky enough to be at the school and is a Chorister!”

“Yes, very much so!”