Lichfield Cathedral admits Girl Choristers for the first time
24 September 2012
Making history: Lichfield Cathedral Girl Choristers
The Choral Foundation of Lichfield Cathedral has announced that for the first time in its 800-year history it is opening its doors to girl choristers to sing services. The first service under this new arrangement took place yesterday afternoon.
Since 1315 the foundation has sung the services at Lichfield Cathedral. In 2006 Lichfield Cathedral School established a scholarship-based Girls’ Choir who have sung in services, but never before as part of the Choral Foundation.
Dean of Lichfield, The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, said of the news: ‘The admission of girl choristers to the historic choral foundation of the Cathedral is good news for us all. It allows girls to share the educational and other benefits of being a chorister, which boys have been enjoying for centuries.
‘I am very happy that this development is another example of our close cooperation with the Cathedral School. Together, we will enable more young people to develop their skills and talents, making them very strong candidates for good universities when the time comes to apply.’
Girl choristers will all be music scholars between the ages of 10-15 and attendees of Lichfield Cathedral School. On 26 January the school is holding a free choral workshop day for girls interested in becoming choristers.
For more information and to find out how to get involved, call the admissions team at Lichfield Cathedral School on 01543 306 168, or visit their website.