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Salisbury Cathedral Music and Choirs

The music tradition at Salisbury Cathedral extends back over 1,000 years and it is a fundamental part of our daily life. All choristers attend the Cathedral School and we provide bursaries with an aspiration that all talented musicians have the opportunity to join our choral tradition.


Charity information: Salisbury Cathedral

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  • Need


    We feel strongly about ensuring that no young gifted musicians are barred from joining our choirs due to financial circumstances. We hope to continue our long-standing music tradition for many years to come for the benefit of future generations.


    We offer bursaries to all choristers so that children from every background have the opportunity to join our world-class choirs. We host workshops and open days each year, inviting children to find out about and experience life as a chorister.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To uphold the music tradition and provide bursaries for children from all backgrounds


    » We will continue to offer equal bursaries to all choristers and invite local children to experience singing with our choirs at workshops and concerts.

    What success will look like

    Success will be maintaining both the boys' choir and the girls' choir with 16 full choristers and 4 probationers each.

  • Impact


    Over 250 000 visitors every year will have the opportunity to hear our talented choristers sing. Without bursaries, many of our 40 choristers would not be able to afford to train. The children receive a first-class education and this can be gauged by the scholarships and awards many of the children receive as they go on through their educational life. In addition to first-class education, a choristership instills a great sense of maturity and a professional work ethic for a great start in life.


    1) Failure to recruit suitable choristers: actively promoting our choirs eg through open day 'Be a Chorister for a Day'
    2) Boy choristers' voices breaking: active recruitment to recover this problem as and when it arises
    3) Lack of enough financial support which could lead to reduced recruitment of choristers: active fundraising


    We send funders project reports and copies of our Annual Report and Accounts every 12 months or as requested. We also send copies of our fundraising newsletters and Cathedral News to update our supporters more frequently.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £109,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £109,000 Shortfall on bursaries 7500 funds one chorister for one year and there are 20 girl choristers and 20 boy choristers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £157,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Salisbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of 269 parishes in Dorset and 187 in Wiltshire. It is a centre of musical and liturgical expertise and a wonderful setting in which our choirs train and sing for our congregation and our visitors.


    The tradition of sung services and concerts draws in both national and international visitors, eager to hear our renowned choirs. The choirs underpin the entire music tradition at Salisbury Cathedral, and are a central part of our lives. The choral experience provides children with a very high standard of musical education, as well as helping them to develop confidence, a strong work ethic and a sense of community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The boys’ choir has been present at the Cathedral for over 1,000 years. In 1991, we were the first cathedral to launch an additional separate girls’ choir. Choral music is fundamental to cathedral life. With the cathedral's history and its high-standard of musical education, it is an excellent place for young gifted musicians to train and develop.

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    Department Of Music & Liturgy

    The music of the Cathedral is developed and produced by the Canon Precentor, supported by our Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music.