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27th Feb 2016 - 27th Feb 2016 Event Type: Activity
We are looking to recruit girls in school years 6 & 7 (age 10-12) to join the Girls' Choir. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to further their singing and musical education and add to the life of Winchester Cathedral.
...Here's what our Head Girl Chorister has to say about her own experienceÂ as a Girl Chorister.
"When I joined the Choir in September 2011 and heard the older girls sing, I immediately realised that I was going to have the most excellent vocal training and the chance to sing with one of the best choirs in the country; but I didnâ€™t realise all the friendships it would bring, the opportunities it would present and the skills it would develop. Five years on I have recorded two CDs, sung twice at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and in the Birmingham Symphony Hall, been on tour to Stavanger in Norway, sung in Westminster Abbey and performed on stage with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. We have also sung in some very special services and concerts in Winchester Cathedral, such as for the Queenâ€™s Jubilee, the funeral of Sir John Tavener, the Investiture of the Bishop of Winchester and at the Southern Cathedrals Festival every July with the choirs of Salisbury and Chichester.
Those are the highlights, but every week in the choir is special for the 20 girls, aged 12-17, who come together with the Director and Assistant Director of Music, Andrew Lumsden and George Castle, to rehearse on a Wednesday and a Friday evening and to sing one service most Sundays. We have the chance to learn a huge repertoire of choral works and to gain skills in singing, sight-reading and performing. As a musical education it is an enormous privilege and opportunity. It also encourages us to learn to work as a team and provides us with a sense of common purpose and fulfillment.
Singing in the Cathedral Choir requires a lot of hard work, commitment and dedication, but it is also great fun and it gives us friendships, training, opportunities and memories that we will have for the rest of our lives."