The Cathedral Choir The Cathedral Choir

Join the Choir

There are plenty of ways to get involved in the music here at the Cathedral. 

Enquiries about joining the choir can be made at any time: please contact Elspeth, our Lay Succentor on 01245 294481 or by email.

Choral Scholarships

A Choral Scholarship is normally offered for a period of one year and is currently worth £6360pa with accommodation provided in a shared house; singing lessons are provided by the resident singing teacher, Colin Baldy. Choral scholars are encouraged to take part in the wider life of the Cathedral; from time to time, the choral scholars sing at weddings, funerals and additional services. There are also opportunities for being involved in music within the city and wider area.

Past choral scholars have sung with the Chelmsford Singers, a mixed-voice choir with strong links to the Cathedral. Others have managed successfully to combine scholarships at St Martin-in-the-Fields with their position at Chelmsford Cathedral, have taken on part-time employment, or are engaged in further study.


To find out more, click here.

Graham Rogers Organ Scholarship

The Graham Rogers Organ Scholarship is awarded annually and named after a benefactor of the Cathedral’s music,  It offers a unique learning opportunity for a gap year or post-graduate student to gain experience as a cathedral organist, working as part of a dedicated and supportive music team in a cathedral.

It is normally offered for a period of one year and is currently worth £7,620 with low rent accommodation provided in a shared house.

Recent Organ Scholars have gone on to further scholarships or assistantships at other cathedrals and universities including Christ Church Oxford, Norwich, Newcastle, Wells and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals.

Applications are open until Monday 11th October 2021.

To find out more about how to apply, click here.


Chorister Recruitment

Chorister life is busy but a lot of fun, and the benefits of singing are wide, including free musical tuition and singing lessons; singing also helps with literacy, numeracy, social skills and more.

Short auditions (voice trials) for both boy and girl choristers take place throughout the year and taster sessions for the boys take place at various times – details are posted below and on our social media feeds.

Why not find out what being a chorister is like? 

The Cathedral is holding an afternoon on Saturday 24th April between 2 and 5pm, where boys aged 6-10 can find out what being a chorister is really like.  Meet other choristers, play musical games and sing in the Cathedral.  For an informal chat, or to book a place, please email James Davy.

What our choristers say about the choir:

“The Cathedral Choir is like a family”
“I’ve made friends I wouldn’t have met otherwise”
“People are helpful and help you to find things out”
“Choir has improved my confidence”