We are a specialist choir school.
Defined by our intrinsic relationship with the iconic ChristChurch Cathedral and our commitment to choral singing, we are proud to be one of only two choir schools in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Cathedral Choristers
Based on the traditional choirs of the great English cathedrals, this choir is made up of up to 20 boys from Cathedral Grammar and 10 professional male singers, with a repertoire ranging from the 16th century to contemporary works. The choir sings at a range of events outside the Cathedral, in other centres, local, national and international, and on television and radio.
In addition to its regular commitments of three weekly Evensongs and two Sunday services, the choir also sings on special occasions, such as ordination services, funerals, recitals and recording sessions.
The choristers enjoy a number of recreational activities throughout the year to develop team spirit and camaraderie; a choir camp is also held in January in the week before school starts. In 2018, the Choristers toured Japan and Australia.
The Chapel Choir
In addition to the 24 choristers of the Cathedral Choir, we have many students who enjoy singing and who participate in the school’s Chapel Choir. This choir sings music from a range of genres though specialises in liturgical music. Chapel Choir members sing an Anthem at chapel services each week, and also sing Evensong at The Transitional Cathedral on a termly basis. They enjoy cultural exchanges with schools around NZ.
Junior School Singing
Our Junior School students enjoy singing as a part of their regular school experience. All children are members of the Junior School Choir, who sing at weekly school assemblies and public engagements. Students also have the opportunity to audition to become a member of the Junior Chapel Choir. These students focus on liturgical works for chapel services, but also enjoy singing other styles of music for special occasions.