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Choral open day

Our choral open day is a great way for you to find out more about the choir, and for your son to find out if he might like to be a chorister. While you chat with chorister parents and the choir team, he can try on a cassock, learn some new music, sing with the choir, and have lots of fun - and he is very welcome to bring a friend with him, of course! 

This is a free event, held twice each year by the Cathedral and the College in turn. It is open to all boys in Years 3 and 4 who love to sing  – not just boys who want to join the choir.

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Keen singers may use the open day as an opportunity to find out more about life as a Chorister, or Quirister, but the main aim of the event is to have fun singing together. Boys can join with the Cathedral Choir to sing the anthem at Evensong in the beautiful historic Cathedral, or perform in an informal concert with the Quiristers in the stunning Chapel at Winchester College, one of the oldest public schools in the country.

You could also take your son to hear (and ideally see) choristers singing with their choir. The best service would be choral Evensong, which is shorter and has more music sung by the choir. The service times for the Cathedral and the College are on their websites. There is another helpful website which will help you find a choral Evensong somewhere near you, if you are not in Winchester.

You could also listen to the live broadcast each Wednesday afternoon on BBC Radio 3, which is repeated each Sunday.  

Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.