Being a member of the Chapel Choir

The Chapel is located in the grounds of Wills Hall in Clifton, part of the university's North Residential Village. The choir is an auditioned ensemble of up to 16 choral scholars:
  • 4 sopranos
  • 4 altos
  • 4 tenors
  • 4 basses

Being a Choral Scholar means enjoying the privilege of singing services and anthems in the superb Dame Monica Wills Chapel, and having the opportunity to sing high-standard choral music as part of one of the finest musical ensembles in the south west of England. Almost every week during term time we sing services in the beautiful chapel with its splendid acoustic for music. We also sing occasionally elsewhere in the university, and farther afield.

As well as providing music at services, we also when possible give concerts around the region. We tour during most years, both nationally and abroad, and provide Choral Scholars with solo opportunities where possible and appropriate.

The recreational life of the choir supports and mirrors its musical ethos, where working and singing together creates cohesive friendships.  We enjoy many social events, some in the Hall, and others elsewhere.

Expectations of a Choral Scholar

Choral Scholars are expected, as a matter of course, to attend* all rehearsals and choral services scheduled in the Chapel, to use their skills and accomplishments to maintain the professional reputation and prestige of the Chapel Choir.

The Chapel Choir is free to join and you do not need to join as a member of the Students' Union to do so.

You need neither to be religious nor a person of faith to join in the choir, we simply ask that you strive to be respectful of the places of worship in which you may sing.

During Term Time

Friday* (on days scheduled)

6.00pm - 6.30pm Rehearsal
6.30pm - 7.15pm Choral Evensong (to 7.00pm if Compline replaces Choral Evensong)

Special Services, which may include

Remembrance Service (10.30am - 11.30am on Remembrance Sunday each year in November), preceded by a rehearsal from 10.00am
Advent Carol Service (6.00pm - 6.45pm on a Friday at end November or Early December), preceded by a rehearsal from 5.30pm
Christmas Nine Lessons & Carols (7.30pm - 8.45pm on a Wednesday before the end of Michaelmas term in December), preceded by a rehearsal from 6.30pm

* - we use an online sign-out sheet showing all services, and other details for the term or the year, choristers have access to this for information and to indicate unavoidable future absences.


Think You Could Be a Choral Scholar...?

...we would love to hear from you!

If this sounds interesting, please see how to join the Chapel Choir for details of auditions.


Find Out More

You are also invited to contact the Director of Chapel Music, for an informal discussion should you wish to do so.

Organ Scholarship

Organ Scholarship

For more information about the Organ Scholarship, please contact the Director of Chapel Music



All are Welcome ...

... to attend chapel services. All members of the University and Alumni are eligible to apply to join the choir, and others may also be invited to join


Traditional Liturgy

We sing traditional church music composed from the 14th to the 21st centuries, set in liturgies based on the Book of Common Prayer



We mount concerts and other events from time to time - please bookmark this site for early publicity about our future programme. All are welcome!