The Choir


The Choir has been enriching the cultural and spiritual life of England for nearly five hundred years. Today’s Choir comprises six men who are professional singers and up to 18 boys. The choirboys range in age from seven to thirteen and attend various local schools both state-run and independent. During the services they sing religious choral works dating from the 16th century to modern day composers.

The Director of Music, Mr Carl Jackson, is always interested in hearing from potential choristers. You may contact him here.

Be a chorister
for the day - September 2019

The Choral Foundation annual open day takes place this year on September 21st 2019 at 1.30pm, when prospective choristers aged 7 to 9 years have the chance to “be a chorister for a day” at Hampton Court. 

All places for this event have now been taken. If you’ve not pre-registered for the event, please do not turn up on the day as we will be unable to accommodate you. Come back soon to the website to find out our plans for 2020. 

Enquiries about registration and attendance on the day should be made to Sophie Baylis at or 020 3166 6515. 

Local school boys aged 7 to 9 years (school years 3 to 5 only) are warmly invited to find out what life is like as a chorister at Hampton Court Palace and whether they have what it takes to be a Chapel Royal chorister.

This family friendly event includes:

  • A choral workshop with the Director of Music, Carl Jackson, and music staff,
  • Lots of opportunities to ask questions of current choristers and their parents,
  • The opportunity to sing in the Chapel Royal with the gracious permission of HM The Queen,
  • A tea party with the choristers.

There is no need to prepare anything in advance, as we simply want boys to come along to find out if this could be for them. Each year up to 6 places are awarded to boys from a wide range of local schools and backgrounds in the southwest London and Surrey areas. This is an opportunity open to every boy who has a heavenly voice, come and find out more!

2019 Open Day

Download this form to register for the 2019 Open Day
Applications CLOSED

Chapel Royal Scholarship, Hampton School

A scholarship is available from Hampton School for boys entering at the First Year. Choral Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with the Chapel Royal and boys who win this scholarship are expected to sing in the Chapel Royal Choir until their voice breaks.

For further details please contact Hampton School via their website at or telephone them on 020 8783 4200.

All photographs of the Chapel Royal or taken in the Chapel Royal are with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

Copyright © HM Chapel Royal and The Choral Foundation 2011-2019. You may not use any imagery on this website without permission.

Photography by Richard Champness

Website designed and maintained by Richard Lewis.