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Wakeham Choristerships Scheme

Each year up to 4 places are available for boys to join St Olave’s as Wakeham Choristers at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy.

The Chapel belongs to Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Duchy of Lancaster. It stands on the north bank of The Thames just below the Savoy Hotel. The original Chapel dates back to the Middle Ages and was destroyed in 1318 in the Peasants’ Revolt. The present Chapel is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII in 1512 for homeless people.

Over the last 40 years, trebles in the Choir have been drawn exclusively from St Olave’s and in recent times have been known as Wakeham Choristers in recognition of the 49 years of association that the late Michael Wakeham had with the Choir.

The Scheme is advertised in December and January and the application pack is available to download at that time (see Key Dates).

Applications are invited from boys who have a keen interest in choral singing and whose tenth birthday falls within the academic year of the Tests.

Entry to the Scheme is via a two stage process:

Stage One

  • Applicants are invited to sit an Academic Test at the School in English and Mathematics.
  • Candidates who achieve the required academic standard in the Test will then be invited to the second stage.

Stage Two:

  • A Voice Test is held at the School with our Director of Music and the Master of the Music at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy.

Successful candidates commence as Wakeham Choristers one year prior to joining Year 7 at St Olave’s.

Wakeham Choristers are expected to commit fully to the Choir and to continue in it until their voice breaks and it is agreed by the Chapel that they may leave.