The Dean Close Foundation Announces Historic Changes

To The Chorister Programme


We are delighted to announce that from September 2021, chorister places in Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum will be open for the first time to girls as well as boys. Places in the choir are available for young girls and boys currently in Years 3, 4 and 5.

If you would like your daughter or son to be considered for a place in the choir, please contact Katie Fergusson in the school’s admissions office by email or call 01242 258001.

Dean Close Preparatory School is the choir school for the choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. The choristers are able to benefit from an excellent academic and all round education as well as first rate musical training. The choir’s primary role is to sing Choral Evensong during term time in the splendour of Tewkesbury Abbey. 

The choristers, who were educated at The Abbey School, Tewkesbury until its closure in 2006, are widely acclaimed for their day-to-day singing in the Abbey, as well as their CD recordings and broadcasts on Radio 3. Diversity is at the heart of their work: the choir has an active concert diary including an annual performance of Messiah at Christmas. The choir has also sung at venues across the UK, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Merton College, Oxford and St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Touring forms an important part of the choir’s life, and recent engagements have taken them to Sweden, France and The Netherlands. The choir records exclusively for Regent Records, and its most recent recording of anthems by Sir Edward Bairstow received many excellent reviews, including a nomination as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine in July 2020. We are also proud that two of our former choristers have held the coveted title of BBC Young Chorister of the Year in 2009 and 2018.

The choristers rehearse together at school five times a week and at the Abbey before each service. As a day and boarding school, Dean Close is able to offer flexibility in offering day, day boarding or full boarding places. Uniquely amongst choral foundations, there are usually no weekend commitments and the choristers are at home for church festivals such as Christmas and Easter which fall in the holidays. Many of our choristers win music awards to senior schools including Dean Close School. Some of our former choristers have gone on to study at music college and several have won choral and organ scholarships to major Oxford and Cambridge colleges in recent years. All this is achieved within the framework of a broad education in a school with excellent facilities, which aims to provide support for children of all abilities.

Click here to visit the Schola Cantorum’s website


Follow the Choristers on their tour to Sweden 2019


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