Salisbury Cathedral

COULD your child become a chorister?

One of Britain’s greatest cathedrals is on the hunt for talented new singers to join the girls section of their historical choir.

Throughout the day tomorrow (Saturday), the music department at Salisbury Cathedral will be holding girls’ voice trials open to girls in Years 3 and 4.

The cathedral’s choir has a long-standing history, maintaining an unbroken tradition of church music that stretches back for over 700 years in the present cathedral, and for a further 200 years before that in the cathedral at Old Sarum.

The budding girl choristers will not be the only new additions to the cathedral choir as on 20 January, two probationer chorister were admitted to Salisbury Cathedral boys choir during Evensong and welcomed by their peers in the time-honoured bumping ceremony that followed. The bumping ceremony involves the chorister’s head being lightly tapped on a special stone in the presbytery aisle by the two most senior boy choristers, while the other choristers chant a welcome.

The girls choir has also received a visit from Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson, who was keen to find out about the bumping ceremony with the help of the two most senior girl choristers responsible for carrying out the bumping.

They put Sir Tony through his paces on last Sunday morning.

If you know a child who has potential or would be interested in trying out for the choir, contact Kathy Davies on 07979 378926 or e-mail her on chorister.recruitment@salcath.co.uk.