Cathedral Choir returns...
After a year of mostly rehearsing on Zoom, the choir at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, has been able to return to singing in the Cathedral. This is particularly exciting at St Edmundsbury as the traditional choir has been augmented over the past year by the recruitment of girls to join the boy choristers. This week the girls were formally welcomed into the choir by the Dean, the Very Reverend Joe Hawes.
Recruitment for the girls’ choir began last year just before the first lockdown, so for these choristers their auditions and rehearsals have had to take place virtually. There are now 12 girls in the choir, joining 10 boys and the ladies and gentlemen of the choir, known as lay clerks. The choirs sing at choral services, both on weekdays and on Sundays.
‘It is a delight to be able to hear the choristers singing in their rightful setting of the Cathedral again,’ said William Saunders, Music Advisor. ‘We are so proud of these youngsters who through determination and hard work are able to augment worship with the skill of their voices.’
During the pandemic, for much of the time, it has not been possible to have choral singing in the Cathedral and it is still not possible for congregational singing. The music department has actively sought to provide music online with a variety of resources being available via the Cathedral’s Facebook page https://facebook.com/stedscathedral and YouTube channel https://youtube.com/user/stedscathedral
For details of how to attend services (please note that pre-booking is required) or how to access them online, please visit the Cathedral website https://stedscathedral.org/worship