The Boy Choristers

Ripon Cathedral Boys’ Choir consists of up to 24 Boy Choristers. Most Choristers start in the Choir in Year 4 and continue to sing until the end of Year 8, at which point they can audition to become Choral Scholars.

There is no residential choir school: the choristers are drawn from local schools. Weekday rehearsals therefore take place before or after school. Becoming a chorister means joining a musical heritage which stretches back to the 7th century when St Wilfrid introduced cantors from Canterbury Cathedral.

Today, this musical tradition continues to evolve, ensuring a high standard of music and providing a fulfilling and life-changing experience for boys in North Yorkshire.

Becoming a Boy Chorister at Ripon

  • Boys normally audition in Year 3 and join the choir at the beginning of Year 4, but later entry is possible
  • As members of the choir, they receive a first-class musical education
  • Choristers make friends with like-minded children from other local schools 

What other benefits are there?

  • Boys receive pocket money
  • Free singing lessons
  • Financial support for instrumental lessons
  • Free music theory lessons in groups
  • International tours and broadcasts
  • CD recordings and concerts
  • Access to the choir is free to talented local boys

What are we looking for?

  • Boys with good reading skills, a love for singing and a spark in their eyes!
  • Boys who either already play an instrument or are willing to start learning an instrument
  • Supportive parents who are willing to commit

Click here to download more details.


The Director of Music, Dr Ronny Krippner, is always pleased to hear about potential applicants. To discuss an audition or to find out more, please contact Dr Krippner by email:

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