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Music Achievements of Being an English Chorister

Dong, Lan; Kokotsaki, Dimitra

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This study aims to highlight the uniqueness of the English choristers’ education, what special musical skills it passes on to youngsters, and how these may help them in later life. It investigates the perceptions of 30 ex-choristers who attended a broad selection of English Choir Schools between 1940 and 2010 by using semi-structured interviews. The findings showed that music training of choristers forms a solid foundation to enhance the development of an all-round musicianship. In particular, it gives them significant sight-reading skills due to the huge volume of rehearsals and public performances. Although in most cases their instrumental skills are not sufficient for them to become professional soloists in their instrument, many ex-choristers found it relatively easy to achieve a music scholarship or pursue a music career if they wanted. Many of them retained a passion for music which was not necessarily limited to choral singing. The findings are considered in relation to the possible reasons for this, and the implications for education.


Dong, L., & Kokotsaki, D. (2021). Music Achievements of Being an English Chorister. British Journal of Music Education, 38(3), 249-263.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 23, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 9, 2021
Publication Date 2021-11
Deposit Date May 28, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 28, 2021
Journal British Journal of Music Education
Print ISSN 0265-0517
Electronic ISSN 1469-2104
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 249-263
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