College Chapel Choir was described by Richard Morrison in the Times on 12th June 2001 as “A staggeringly good school choir: 50-strong, beautifully balanced, alert, intelligent, well-tuned, passionate and sensitive.” It sings in College Chapel on average three times a week. Entry is by audition, and members are either ex-cathedral choristers or very experienced singers.
The choir tours each Easter (click here for details of the most recent tours).
Since Eton's first Music Scholar, Francis Grier - now a professional composer, organist and pianist - left the school in 1972, more than 138 choral, organ, instrumental and music awards have been won by Eton boys, several to conservatoires and many to Oxford and Cambridge.
The choir has made several CDs which are on sale in the Music Schools (click here for details) and the Eton Gift Shop.
Lower Chapel Choir
Sings once a week in Lower Chapel. Entry is by audition for trebles, altos, tenors and basses. They have also sung Evensongs outside the school at St. George's Chapel Windsor, Merton College, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral.
The ECMS Chorus
Sings one big choral work a year (Dream of Gerontius, Elijah, Belshazzar’s Feast, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion and Orff’s Carmina Burana recently) with full professional orchestra and soloists. Trebles and altos are always augmented by a girls’ school choir. There are no auditions – boys and staff just join in.
A small close-harmony group who sing for functions inside and outside the school. Entry is by invitation. Click here for details of their CD.
Competitions for Solo Singing and Inter-House Unison and Harmony Choirs are held in the Michaelmas and Lent Halves, with professional musicians or Directors of Music from other schools adjudicating, which all attract very large entries.
Choral Courses, open to talented singers aged 16–20, are held at Eton each summer.