Durham Cathedral invites kids to become choristers

Music loving youngsters are being given the opportunity to sing with some of the country’s most talented choristers.

On Saturday 8th October, children aged between 6 and 10 are invited to Durham Cathedral to try their hand at being a Durham Cathedral Chorister for the day.

Durham Cathedral’s Master of the Choristers and Organist, Dr James Lancelot, said: “We have been running these taster days for several years now with great success, offering children who enjoy singing the chance to see what being a chorister with a cathedral choir is like. It’s a fun day, open to any child who is enthusiastic about singing. They don’t need to have any previous experience; just a desire to learn more.”

Durham Cathedral Choristers sing at daily services and special events throughout the year and are renowned for their excellence. The choir has toured Europe and made appearances on TV and radio including BBC Radio Three for Choral Evensong. All choristers are educated at the prestigious Chorister School, set within the grounds of Durham Cathedral, on the Durham World Heritage Site.

Dr Lancelot added: “Being a Durham Cathedral Chorister is something that presents children with so many unique and privileged opportunities. It is hard work, but for a child who loves music, there is no better opportunity to learn from some of the country’s leading music tutors and to sing in one of the world’s most beautiful Cathedrals.

“These Come and Be A Chorister days give children just a small glimpse into what life as a chorister is like, be that as a one-off experience, or as a taste of choristership for those thinking seriously about joining us here at Durham Cathedral and we are delighted to welcome anyone who would like to come along.”

The taster day runs from 2.30pm-6pm and those children taking part in the workshop will sing with the cathedral choir during Evensong at 5.15pm, to which parents and friends are warmly invited.

Children should be registered in advance for this event, please contact music@durhamcathedral.co.uk for a registration form.

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