Christ Church Cathedral School

What is it like to be a chorister? This link will take you to the school site where there is a video that will give you a great view of the life that the boys lead.

I like the scale and the personal aspect of the place. Wish I had gone there.

When you come to a rehearsal, you will be able to ask them yourself what it is like.

Christ Church Cathedral School is a Prep and Pre-Prep, fee-paying boarding and day school for approximately 140 pupils based in OxfordEngland. Steeped in music and history, the School was founded by Henry VIII in 1546 to provide choristers for Christ Church Cathedral and College. Now a Church of England School, it was originally housed within the College itself. Today its premises are located across from Christ Church at 3 Brewer Street, Oxford and Cardinal Wolsey‘s house is still used for teaching.[1]

In the 19th century, the Dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell (father of Alice, who was immortalised in the books of Lewis Carroll) arranged for the building of a new choir school on its present site. More recent developments include the opening of a Pre-Prep department and nursery, and the William Walton Centre which comprises several new classrooms and teaching facilities.[2]

All pupils are boys except a few girls who attend the nursery. The 22 boarders are choristers or probationary choristers for the Cathedral. The dormitories in which they sleep are named after distinguished former organists including Ley, Taverner and Armstrong and formerly Watson. All other pupils are day boys, among them twelve non-boarding choristers who sing in Worcester College Chapel. The school also used to provide choristers for Exeter College but this was stopped when Exeter no longer wanted a boys choir.

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