Choral Scholars

The ‘back row’ of the choir comprises the adult singers who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts. Is a lively, sociable group, where strong lifelong friendships are formed during the many musical activities undertaken by the choir.  Experience performing music by great composers and with an outstanding choir can be invaluable when embarking on a musical career.

Choral scholarships were first set up at Truro Cathedral in 1995; the programme offers five places each year to young altos, tenors and basses pre- or post-university. In addition to a scholarship stipend, accommodation is provided for the scholars, who join the lay vicars to make up the ‘back row’ of Truro Cathedral Choir. Both men and women apply for our alto scholarships.

Many choral scholars join Truro Cathedral for their ‘gap’ year between school and university or music college. Many of our choral scholars have gone on to be members of top choirs at leading universities such as Cambridge and Oxford, and are now in careers as professional musicians. So far our choral scholars have been recruited not only from Britain but also from Holland, South Africa and the USA.

Choral scholars have a busy schedule of services, broadcasts and recordings. The choir has also collaborated with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and City of London Sinfonia.

The music team is looking to recruit choral scholars for the 2024/25 academic year. For anyone thinking about becoming a choral scholar, the music department will be pleased to speak to anyone thinking of applying for a September 2024 entry. Please email the director of music who will be happy to advise. Visit the vacancy page for full role descriptions and application forms.