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Girls Invited to Experience the Joys of Singing in a Cathedral Choir

Published on: 10 Jun, 2024
Updated on: 10 Jun, 2024

Guildford Cathedral has an open evening aimed at girls aged nine to 18 who have ever wondered what it’s like to be a cathedral chorister.

It takes place on Tuesday, June 25, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, offering a unique opportunity to explore the world of cathedral singing.

Girls are invited to an informal and fun evening on Tuesday, June 25, to experience being a chorister at Guildford Cathedral.

Led by vocal coach Hilary Jones, attendees will have the chance to meet the talented girl choristers from the cathedral and join them in singing.

The evening will also provide an opportunity to meet sub-organist Asher Oliver and organ scholar Jeremy Wan.

It serves as a stepping stone for those who may be interested in joining the choir, leading to a formal audition process.

Katherine Dienes-Williams, the organist and master of the choristers, said: “Being part of our choir is an immensely special experience, where girls can showcase their love for singing, develop their musical skills, and be part of a friendly and collaborative team. There are opportunities to perform services at the cathedral, appear on radio and TV broadcasts, record music, and even travel.”

Alice, one of the current choristers who attended a previous open night, added: “I learned many new things that day. It gave me insight into being part of a professional choir. Since joining the choir, my singing skills, sight-reading, and overall confidence have improved. I’ve also made wonderful friends along the way.”

The choir’s success was recently recognised when chorister Annie was a finalist in the joint BBC Radio 2 and BBC Songs of Praise Young Chorister of the Year Award 2023. In 2021 its then chorister Ruby, won the award. 

Booking is via the cathedral box office:

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