Chorister's Perspective

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Joe Morford

One of the more obvious benefits of being a chorister is the high quality vocal and musical training which I received which has stayed with me as I have progressed throughout Dean Close School.  Being a Chorister taught me key lessons about singing in choirs, especially the importance of both listening and watching the conductor.

As a chorister, I would often have a lot on and be very busy with all kinds of music as well as with school work, so from a young age I learnt important time management and organisational skills.  Such skills have proved very useful, particularly as I continue to participate in music at the Senior School, where it can be equally as busy. 


Joe accepted an offer for a choral scholarship in 2017 at Merton College, Oxford where he will be singing under his former choral director as a chorister, Benjamin Nicholas. 

 

 

Laurence Kilsby

Being part of the Schola Cantorum for four years was certainly demanding, singing evensong four days a week, but hugely beneficial. I gained a great deal of experience and received first class tutoring which enhanced my musical skills both sight reading and improving my ability to sing under pressure.

This allowed me to develop a sense of professionalism and appreciation for music in general. Highlights for me include the tours to America in my first year and the Alps in my last, and the variety of concerts that I was involved in, not only abroad but also in the UK; creating memorable moments that I will always treasure.

I was lucky enough to win BBC Radio 2’s 'Young Chorister of the Year' in my second year as a chorister and the opportunities I gained from this (a highlight for me must include performing alongside Lesley Garrett as the Treble soloist at the Royal Albert Hall) would not have been available to me if I hadn’t gained the contacts and guidance from being a chorister. These experiences have created a musical grounding which I will always be thankful for, broadening my knowledge and opening doors which I never knew would be available.
 
Laurence left the Senior School in 2017 to take a coveted place at the ​Royal College of Music.