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19/01/2019

Congratulations to our newest Choristers

A busy weekend for the boys choir at Salisbury Cathedral - four talented youngsters become full choristers and five scholarships awarded after the boys voice trials.

Four boys have been admitted as full choristers after just five months as probationer choristers. Before gaining their chorister scholarships, Jack attended Pitton Primary in Salisbury and Rory attended Sutton Veny Primary School in Warminster, Theo and Kavan have both been at the Cathedral School since nursery. The boys were all bumped up in time-honoured fashion after Evensong on Saturday 19 January.

It generally takes about a year for probationer choristers to become full choristers but in this case all four boys were promoted in five months, joining a choir that is older than the Cathedral itself, and becoming part of a tradition that stretches back 900 years David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral said:

“I am pleased with the way these four boys have developed. They have worked really hard since September and become valuable members of our choral ‘family’. Being a chorister is hard work, but it is also good fun. This April, for example, we are touring to Austria, which will be quite an experience for those choristers who are going. They’ll be singing in some of Vienna and Salzburg’s most magnificent churches and doing some sightseeing in their spare time.”

Voice Trials for new probationer choristers also took place on Saturday (19 January), with five talented youngsters gaining chorister scholarships for next September.

Elliot from Harnham Junior and Alexander from Pilgrims School, Winchester will join Year Five at Salisbury Cathedral School in September 2019, whilst Harry and Luke from the Cathedral School, and George from Durweston School will go into Year Four.

David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, said:


“I am delighted to have been able to offer five scholarships this time round. Boys’ voices are breaking earlier so it can be a challenge keeping the boys choir up to strength. Luckily all of these candidates showed great promise when they did their voice trials, which is really heartening, and I think they’ll enjoy being part of our team.”

Voice Trials for girls interested in joining the girls choir take place on Saturday 2 February. For further details, and if you have any questions about the Cathedral Choir, contact Kathy Davies by email at chorister.recruitment@salcath.co.uk or call 07979 378926.

 

 

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