Wakeham Choisterships Scheme - Frequently asked questions

What is the format of the Academic Test?

Candidates sit papers in English and Mathematics, each of 30 minutes duration.

What is the required academic standard?

The Mathematics paper is based on KS2 Mathematics at around high National Curriculum Level 4 and is in a similar style and topic coverage to our Year 7 Stage 2 Entrance Test. The English paper assesses comprehension, grammar and creative writing to the same level.

What singing experience is expected?

We invite applications from boys with various levels of experience. The most important skills/qualities are:

  • to have a pleasant tone to the voice (i.e. with the ability to blend within a group of other boys’ voices)
  • to be able to read music
  • to be able to hold an accompanied melodic line, without going out-of-tune
  • to have enthusiasm for Anglican-tradition choral singing

Experience and sight-singing skills can be an advantage, although not essential.

What is the format of the Voice Test?

Candidates are asked to prepare a short piece of music to sing. The music is best drawn from the classical tradition. It could be a favourite hymn tune, but need not be a sacred piece.

How many rehearsals do Wakeham Choristers attend each week?

Currently the times and days of attendance for first year Choristers are as follows:

  • From 3:35 pm to 4.35 pm on Wednesdays at St. Olave’s
  • From 4.10 pm to 5.20 pm on Fridays at St. Olave’s
  • From 9.20 am to approximately 12.15 pm on Sundays at The Queen’s Chapel