The Choir


The Choir of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, 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.

Chorister Open Day 2023

This year’s Chorister Open Day will take place on Saturday 14th October.

Local school boys aged 7 to 9 years (school years 3 to 5) are warmly invited to find out what life is like as a chorister of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.

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 King,
  • Tea 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. Auditions will follow in November, and 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 love of singing – come and find out more!

Please direct any email enquiries to Sophie Baylis at


Attendance at the Open Day is by pre-registration only. We will be unable to allow you entry if you do not have confirmation of your place.

2023 Open Day

Applications for this year are now 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.

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