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 - 2020
Postponed until further notice

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!

Unfortunately, we have postponed this event in 2020 due to COVID-19. We will update the website with more information about when we can hold this event again.

2020 Open Day

Download this form to register for the 2020 Open Day
Event Postponed

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.

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