Sing It Loud!

by Gerry Lynch last modified 21 Aug, 2013 03:05 PM

Chances for kids to sing top quality music at world famous cathedral without any audition

Sing It Loud!

Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir performing at the 2012 BBC Wilts Carol Service.

Salisbury Cathedral is providing opportunities for boys and girls in years 2, 3 & 4 to Be a chorister for a day, while its Junior Choir is seeking new members in Years 4-8.

The Cathedral Choir’s annual open day, ‘Be a chorister for a day’, is for boys and girls in school years 2, 3 and 4, and will be held on Saturday 16 November. The day includes singing with the cathedral choir and is an informal and friendly way to find out about the opportunities and fun offered by chorister life.

David Halls, the cathedral’s Director of Music, said “The children have a good time with the current choristers. As well as singing together, they can ask them all the questions they’ve ever wanted answered about life as a chorister - the daily routine, concerts, tours, recordings, radio and TV broadcasts, not to mention all the extra-curricular activities which choristers enjoy.  Parents and guardians have their own schedule allowing them to gain an insight into chorister life from a family perspective and time to discuss all that is involved with the relevant cathedral and school staff.

“Our aim is to reach families with musically talented children who are not aware of what life as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral offers. We want to break down the mystique and myths surrounding chorister life.”

Any child in Years 2, 3 and 4 who would like to Be a chorister for a day is welcome.  For further details, email chorister.recruitment@salcath.co.uk or telephone 07587 826622. 

Meanwhile, the Cathedral Junior Choir is looking for new members who would like to join this fun choir, learn to sing to a high standard and take part in a variety of concerts and special events.   The choir is non-auditioned, free of charge and open to all boys and girls in School Years 4-8.    They rehearse each Saturday during term-time from 11am - 12 noon and have become a valued part of the Cathedral’s and Salisbury city’s music making.

The coming term has many special events for the Junior Choir from the Royal School of Church Music Young People’s festival service to carol singing at Salisbury Christmas Market.  The choir celebrated the end of the summer term by raising over £150 in just an hour for the Stars Appeal, singing in glorious sunshine in the Cathedral Close!

SCJC is led by Ian Wicks, well known for running singing courses, and is fully supported by the cathedral’s musicians. If you know any boy or girl who would like to join, please contact Abigail Bray on 07760 506958 or email scjc@salcath.co.uk.

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