Our New Regular Donor Scheme
Regular support is best. It helps the Trust to plan ahead and assist more children. Wells Angels are a special group of supporters who want to help choristers for the long-term. You can become a Wells Angel by setting up a regular gift for as little as £10 a month.
Please read more below or download a PDF brochure to discover more about the scheme as well as the range of donor levels and the angelic recognition that comes with each!
a message from our royal patron
Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust is working hard to ensure that any musical child can benefit from the wonderful start in life that being a chorister provides. Your support to help build the endowment fund to make this happen is invaluable. It will ensure that no gifted child is excluded from the opportunity to flourish in a world of music and song.
HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO
giving gifted children a chance
Wells Cathedral Choir offers unrivalled opportunities to musical children. It trains them to sing in a magnificent building where the music is world-class.
We want to give this wonderful chance to young children from all backgrounds, because talent crops everywhere.
“Choristership: the single greatest leg-up a child can be given in life.”
Comedian, Actor, TV Presenter and former chorister
Many families cannot afford to pay for the all-round education that a Wells Cathedral chorister gets. Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust wants to raise enough money to make sure that no deserving child misses out on this unique chance.
To help secure the future of the Cathedral Choir, the Trust’s goal is to double its existing fund to £2 million by 2020 and £20 million by 2030.
Each year, despite having the raw musical talent, some children are unable to take up their place as chorister at Wells due to a lack of money.
over a thousand years of music
According to an international panel of experts, Wells Cathedral boasts the world’s finest choir of adults and children. It’s certainly been going a long time - since 909, to be precise. Today, the Choir consists of 36 choristers - 18 boys and 18 girls - plus 12 men, or Vicars Choral, as they are known.
The Choir is the at heart of the Cathedral’s worship, singing music ranging from the medieval to the present day. Many of today’s finest composers write for Wells Cathedral Choir as it is at the forefront of new music; Wells Cathedral choristers sing tomorrow’s music today, keeping the English choral tradition alive.
The young choristers gain enormous benefit from their experiences beyond the daily services. They broadcast regularly and their recordings over recent years have won international acclaim.
Two of the choir’s recordings were selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, which described the choir as “probably the finest English cathedral choir at the moment”. This accolade has led to invitations to tour worldwide, including to continental Europe, Hong Kong, and Beijing.
What makes a Wells Chorister training so special?
The choristers are totally immersed from day one in singing with professional musicians. In daily rehearsals, and by following the example of boys and girls not much older than themselves, they learn to perform as professional singers at the highest standard. All this whilst being educated at Wells Cathedral School - unique in the world as being a cathedral choir school, one of the UK’s five specialist music schools, and a co-educational mainstream independent school.
By the time they ‘retire’ at 13 or 14 they will have skills, artistic sensitivity, and an understanding of teamwork that will set them up for whatever they choose to do in life.
As the actor and former chorister, Simon Russell-Beale puts it: