There were choral celebrations at Evensong on Sunday 8 September when the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis installed the Reverend Matthew Rushton as the new Precentor of Canterbury Cathedral.
Six new Choristers, three Side Leaders, one Senior Chorister, one Lay Clerk and one Organ Scholar were also admitted at the Service.
At Canterbury, we admit boys as Choristers when they are in their fourth year in the choir. Before that they have been, by Statute, “Probationers” and then “Singing Boys”. So being admitted as a Chorister signifies they have really made it.
The boys admitted as Choristers were: Francis Bamford (11) from Lower Hardres; Owain Cullen (11) from Bredgar; Fergus England (11) from Eastry; James Futcher (11) from Canterbury; William Inscoe (10) from Herne Bay; Isaac Lordon (11) from Sutton Valence.
The Senior Chorister is: Mugamba Wilkins (12) from Staplehurst.
A new Organ Scholar also joins the Cathedral musical team: Weston Jarrod Jennings (22) who has come to us from Virginia USA. He is a recent graduate of Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY and is already an accomplished recitalist.
We are thrilled to admit six outstanding new choristers to the Cathedral foundation and to see the most senior boys rewarded with their medals of office. We have, as always, an exciting year ahead and the wonderful singers will be leading us in the world’s eyes and ears.
Dr David Flood, the Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers,
Dr Flood will hold auditions for new junior choristers, boys aged 7 and 8, on 9 November 2013. Further details about this year’s voice trial can be found here.