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



The Cathedral has a very long tradition of choral music and the world famous choir of men and boys’ voices has seen some of today’s notable musicians such as Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock, and Mark Elder, who all passed through it as choristers.

In September 2013, the Cathedral announced plans to create a girls’ choir. The new choir, the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, will add to the Cathedral’s historic choral tradition but as a distinct and separate entity. It will be directed by the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist, David Newsholme.


I am looking forward to directing the new choir. It is always good to create new ways of making music and this will be an exciting new chapter in the Cathedral’s story

David Newsholme, Director of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist

A girls’ choir will provide a further dimension to the Cathedral’s worship and be an exciting addition to the Cathedral’s long history of musical achievement

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis

Cathedral-02The announcement was met with great enthusiasm and over 40 girls from local secondary schools aged between 12 – 16 years old were auditioned. The standard and level of enthusiasm was incredibly high and after much difficult deliberation, 16 girls from eight different schools in the local area were appointed.

The Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir will sing in public for the first time at Evensong on Saturday 25 January 2014 at 17:30. The Service will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Dyson and Samuel Sebastian Wesley.



This is a very exciting time for the Cathedral and for these 16 very talented young ladies

David Newsholme, Director of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist

Initially, the girls who will rehearse every Wednesday, will sing at Services when the boy choristers, who are boarders, are on their twice termly breaks. However a programme of further opportunities to sing in Cathedral Services and elsewhere will be developed in the near future.