The Role of a Chorister

The chapel choir is an ensemble of 24 students:

  • 6 sopranos
  • 6 altos
  • 6 tenors
  • 6 basses

– who, on successfully auditioning, are awarded an annual Choral Scholarship.

Being a member of the choir means the opportunity to sing high standard choral music during term time in the beautiful Mary Harris Memorial Chapel (on the University's Streatham Campus), which boasts a stunning acoustic for music. We also sing occasional services (e.g. Carol services) at St Luke's Chapel.

As well as giving concerts around the wider area of Devon, the choir sings services at least twice a term in Exeter Cathedral, is responsible for the music at University of Exeter graduation ceremonies, and tours annually. The scholarship also offers solo opportunities and extra fees for other services (weddings, concerts etc).

The recreational life of the choir mirrors its musical vibrancy; working and singing together creates a close-knit group of good friendships and we enjoy many social events.

The scholars of the University Chapel are expected to commit to the following during term time:

Wednesdays* (weekly)

4.00pm - 4.50pm Rehearsal
5.00pm - 5.45pm Choral Evensong

Thursdays (weekly)

7.00pm - 9.15pm Rehearsal

2nd Sunday of the month

An 'away' service (times vary)

4th Sunday of the month

6.00pm - 6.50pm Rehearsal
7.00pm - 7.30pm Choral Compline

* The University timetables Wednesday afternoons as free, to enable students to participate in societies, sporting events and choirs, so as a chorister you would not need to worry about the Wednesday rehearsal and Evensong clashing with your academic timetable.

Find Out More

You may like to hear some video and audio examples of our performances.

You can also hear the Director of Chapel Music, Michael Graham, along with choir members Jessica Brown, Kitty Bishop, and Simon Clark, as they talk about their musical and academic life with presenter Luch Càise-Dearg. Recorded at Phonic FM for Classical Journey, 20th January 2015.

Think You Could Be a Chorister...?

...we would love to hear from you!

If this sounds interesting, please see how to join the Chapel Choir for details of auditions.