A Former Chorister's Story

A Former Chorister's Story

When a six-year-old boy comes home from his local primary school heartily singing the songs he has learnt that day, something needs to be done about it. So when my parents were passed a newspaper advert saying, “Could your son be the next chorister at Gloucester Cathedral?” they asked the advice of my school singing teacher. 

Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music at the time, did not know what had hit him when I turned up and sang ‘Crash, bang, wallop!’ for my audition, but apparently he heard some potential, and I joined King’s School and the Cathedral Choir at age seven. The confidence from singing solos for thousands of people, alongside the work ethic and routine of a demanding schedule, all make for an education like no other.

Since leaving the Cathedral, I’ve spent a year as a choral scholar in the Truro Cathedral Choir and have a confirmed place to read Music at Robinson College, Cambridge. And so thirteen years after that life-changing audition,I successfully sang for Andrew Nethsingha again, this time for a place in the world-renowned Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.

I owe everything I now have, I do, and my future to Gloucester Cathedral Choir.

And most importantly: Any girl or boy who shows some potential and is willing to have a go, can do it!

Jamie Conway ARCO, former Gloucester Cathedral Choir chorister
Jamie's story as of 2017

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