Choir Schools Association Bursary Trust (CSA)

Registered Charity Number: 1120639
Winchester, Hampshire

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About us

CSA represents 44 schools attached to cathedrals, churches and college chapels around the country. Pupils have unlimited access to first-class schooling and musical training, giving them an excellent start in life.

More than 1200 of the 21,500 boys and girls in choir schools are choristers. Some CSA schools take children from 7-13; others are junior schools with senior schools to 18. The majority are Church of England foundations but the Roman Catholic, Scottish and Welsh churches are all represented.

The majority are fee-paying, with nine out of ten choristers qualifying for financial help with fees from the school or through the Government’s Choir Schools’ Scholarship Scheme. The latter is part of the Music and Dance Scheme described at

The Association has recently broadened its membership and admitted its first cathedrals and churches without choir schools but who have children singing in their choirs.

Being a chorister is a huge commitment for both child and parent, but it is rare to find a family with any regrets.

Choir School is FUN !

Choristers love singing in the choir and being at choir school. ‘Fun’ and ‘really’ are important words in their vocabulary!

‘Choir is really fun. You know everyone well and it’s wonderful being part of a really fun team, working with professional musicians every day. Choir practice and tours are also great fun. ’

‘You can really get into the music and the music can really get into you. It really affects you when the powerful organ acompanies us but it’s also really amazing when we sing with an orchestra. ’

‘The Cathedral is such a beautiful building and members of the congregation really care about you – it’s a kind of fan club. They make you feel really special. There are loads of compliments and people say after Evensong “thank you SO MUCH”’

‘Because everyone’s in one place, you make and have really good friends. If you board there are films and DVDs in the evening. We get special treats and there are lots of opportunities to play sport and other activities. We sometimes go on trips abroad to sing as well as making CDs and being on radio and TV.’

Former Head Chorister Aforji has the last word:

“I was proud to be able to do something that nobody else in my family had done and being Senior Chorister was a great responsibility.

“I had two ways of life: one was my home life with my brothers and parents, the other was School and Choir, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am much more organised and independent than some of my friends and I would recommend anyone trying to gain a place at a Choir School if they have a good voice.

“All the choristers, whatever their family background, have a common interest and talent in music, which will stay with them throughout their life.”

Contact Us

Choir Schools Association Bursary Trust (CSA) 39 Grange Close
SO23 9RS

Phone: 01962 890530

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

June 2015 June 2014
Total Income £433,835 £960,857
Total Expenditure £236,696 £291,023

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