Newport Cathedral is inviting boys interested in singing to join its choir
Local boys are being offered the opportunity to sing in a men and boys choir, as Newport Cathedral welcomes more youngsters to join its ranks. The choir forms an important part of life at the Cathedral and provides boys with a chance to develop their voices while contributing to a special tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
As part of the choir, boys will sing most Sundays and Fridays during term-time and will also be able to sing at special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and at weddings. The choir is often invited to sing further afield at church services and concerts and has recently sung in Westminster Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, New College and Christ Church colleges in Oxford and Windsor Castle.
Many of the boys continue to sing in the men’s section of the choir when their voices break and most choose to take music for GCSE and A-level. Ex-choristers have gone on to read music at university and taken up prestigious choral scholarships at Christ Church and Magdalen Colleges at Oxford University.
“Singing with the Cathedral Choir provides local boys with a fantastic opportunity to develop their musical skills,” explains Dr Emma Gibbins, the newly appointed Director of Music at Newport Cathedral, “As choir members, boys receive a FREE, first rate musical training, learn to work together as a team and develop their self-confidence in a fun and disciplined environment, and even receive pocket money from the Cathedral in recognition of their hard work and commitment. The skills learnt in the choir can easily be transferred to school work and other musical activities.”
Newport Cathedral welcomes any boy who enjoys singing and is willing to try his best. The Cathedral is looking for boys with potential, but does not expect them to be accomplished singers when they join. All that’s required is enthusiasm and commitment! New members become probationary choristers and spend a period training and learning about being a chorister. As their voices develop they will be admitted as full choristers at a special service.
There are plans to provide a similar opportunity for girls by setting up a brand new Cathedral Girls’ Choir at the start of next academic year.
“We believe that the love of music that begins at the Cathedral will remain with our choristers for the rest of their lives,” comments Emma Gibbins.
For further information please visit the Cathedral website: newportcathedral.org.uk
Or contact the Director of Music, who would be delighted to meet with any interested boys and parents for an informal audition: email@example.com 07952 514117