Music is an integral part of our worship and the Cathedral takes great pride in the music performed at its services.


The Girls’ Choir

Canterbury Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir was founded in 2014. Their first performance at Evensong, on the occasion of the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, in January, was attended by more than 500 people and widely covered by the international press. A selection of the media response can be viewed here.

A girls’ choir provides a further dimension to the Cathedral’s worship and is an exciting addition to the Cathedral’s long history of musical achievement.

The Dean of Canterbury, The Very Rev’d Dr. Robert Willis

ROB_2237aThe Girls’ Choir has already performed at events of significance in the Cathedral. These include the Service held to mark the twentieth anniversary of the ordination of women priests and that for the consecration of the Bishop of Europe.

Typically, the Girls’ Choir performs at Evensong in the Cathedral twice every month, frequently with the lay clerks of the Cathedral Choir.

There are currently 16 girls in the choir, all of whom are aged between 12 and 18. The majority attend local schools in Canterbury, though some come from further afield. The group rehearses in the Cathedral each Wednesday evening.

In addition to their regular liturgical responsibilities, the Girls’ Choir will occasionally participate in other events both at the Cathedral and further afield.

About the DirectorROB_6174a

David Newsholme is the Director of the Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He is also Organist of the King’s School, Canterbury and Musical Director of the Canterbury Singers. David has previously held posts as a singer, organist and teacher at Worcester and Salisbury Cathedrals and Winchester College. He studied at New College, Oxford, York University and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. David is a qualified teacher of music at secondary school level, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and holds a Doctorate in Music.

Joining the Choir

Voice trials for girls’ wishing to join the choir in January 2015 will be held on Saturday 29 November. This is an exciting opportunity for girls currently in Year 8 to join a group of talented and enthusiastic 12 – 18 year olds from Canterbury and the surrounding area, to sing some of the greatest choral music ever written in the magnificent, historic surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral. Anybody who is passionate about singing, particularly in choirs, is warmly invited to apply. The interviews will be short, friendly and informal. An application form can be downloaded here.

For further information please telephone 01227 762862 or email