Choral Bursaries

The Choral Bursary scheme supports choristers at cathedrals across England and Wales. The scheme was closed to new applicants.

We have assisted over seventy talented choristers from low-income families. Recipients of our bursaries are nominated by cathedrals and are not required to have a connection to a Freemason. We are delighted to have been able to provide support for these choristers and promote the ancient choral tradition of their cathedrals.

However, as our Stepping Stones scheme becomes the focus of our non-Masonic giving programme, the Choral Bursary scheme is now being brought to a gradual close. We will continue to support our current choristers until they complete their tenure.

No new applications, either on behalf of young people seeking support or from cathedrals wishing to join the scheme, will be considered for this scheme. Choristers with a connection to a Freemason may be eligible for support under our TalentAid sheme.

Current Choral Bursaries


We currently support choristers and ex-choristers at each of the following cathedrals and choral foundations:

  • Bristol
  • Canterbury
  • Carlisle
  • Chichester
  • Durham
  • Ely
  • Exeter
  • Manchester
  • Newport
  • Norwich
  • Portsmouth


Grand Choral Celebration CD

Our choristers performed at Freemasons’ Hall in June. The conductor was Roger Sayer, Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral and the organist was Sean Farrell, together with the Locke Brass Consort.

To receive a CD recording of the concert please contact the RMTGB or purchase the CD at Letchworth's shop in Freemasons' Hall or via their online store.