Girl Choristers

Ripon Cathedral Girls’ Choir was formed in 1996 and consists of up to 24 girls between the ages of 8 and 14. At the end of Year 8, girls are invited to 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 Girl Chorister at Ripon

  • Girls 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? 

  • Girls 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 girls

What are we looking for?

  • Girls with good reading skills, a love for singing and a spark in their eyes!
  • Girls 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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