"Music is a real strength of the school ...the standard of singing in the choirs is exceptional." ISI Report
We are extremely proud of our choir of auditioned Choristers, who begin their training between the ages of 8 and 9. They rehearse three mornings during the week and perform music that is wide ranging, covering both pieces for Evensong and those from the classical concert repertoire. The Choristers lead the School in worship both in Assembly and in church services, and are joined by professional adult singers for special services and concerts.
Directed by choral specialist, Scott Inglis-Kidger, the Choristers give many concerts and recitals outside School in venues such as the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace and Salisbury Cathedral. One of the main highlights of the year is the Gala Concert, which takes place during the annual Arts Festival. The Choristers have toured to Prague, Venice and Cologne in recent years, and have made a number of recordings. The boys sing to a professional cathedral standard and are delighted to be affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.
Choristers receive a scholarship to cover the cost of private singing tuition with the Director of Choristers and are entered for ABRSM Singing grades. Please click here to read more about this award.
Boys are usually auditioned by the Director of Choristers in Year 3 for entry into the choir in Year 4. There may be the opportunity for boys to join the Choristers after the age of 9, depending on availability of places and the boy’s ability.
Director of Choristers - Scott Inglis-Kidger
Hailed by Classic FM as a “rising star of the choral world", Scott Inglis-Kidger is renowned for his passion and dedication as a conductor and vocal coach. He read Music at the University of Cambridge and sang in the world famous King's College Choir as a countertenor. In addition to his role as Director of Choristers at Willington, he is also the founder and director of the professional vocal ensemble, Platinum Consort and works as a vocal consultant with groups such as the Scottish Chamber Choir, Exeter Festival Chorus and St Albans Choral Society. Scott continues to inspire and encourage singers of all ages, including the thousands of viewers of his YouTube channel, Sing with Scott. One singer described his participation in a session with Scott as “the most amazing musical experience of my life!". With bespoke workshops sold out months in advance and performances described as “pristine” and “intimate” (BBC Music Magazine), Scott is making a significant impact on the world of choral music.