Magdalen College School has educated the sixteen young boys of Magdalen College Choir since its foundation in 1480. Boys selected for choristerships have two-thirds of their school fees at MCS paid for by the College for the duration of their time as a chorister, in recognition of the significant contribution they make to the life of its Chapel.
The Choir of Magdalen College is one of the five ancient choral foundations in Oxford and Cambridge. It enjoys an international reputation for excellence, and is perhaps most famous for its singing from the top of Magdalen College Tower on May Morning each year. Choristers sing five or six services per week during the University Term and enjoy a fantastic range of performance opportunities. As well as the May Day celebrations, they also undertake recordings, broadcasts, concerts and international tours. Singing lessons are funded by the College as are all tours and events involving the Choristers.
Auditions and Admissions go hand in hand. Candidates will usually attend voice trials at the College first, and may then be encouraged to sit the entrance tests to the Junior School. Chorister places are usually offered from the beginning of Year 4, but may also occasionally be offered to boys entering Year 5. There is benefit in getting in touch with the Choir and the School ahead of Year 4 as we are keen to identify potential choristers as early as possible. Formal voice trials normally take place in September and Informal auditions may be arranged at any time of year by contacting the PA to the Informator Choristarum on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 286701.