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Choir Schools Association Bursary Trust Charity Profile
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 www.dfes.gov.uk/mds
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.
CSA’s long-term aim is that no child be denied a place through lack of funds. First check with the school what help is given to its choristers and whether they can give more. If your child has been awarded a place, he or she may qualify for help through CSA’s Chorister Fund or the Government’s Choir School Scheme. For further information about the Government's Music & Dance Scheme visit their site at: www.dfes.gov.uk/mds
Choir Schools Association Bursary Trust Donation Information
Supporters of the UK’s unique choral tradition can show their appreciation by making tax-effective donations to The Choir Schools’ Association’s Bursary Trust Fund.