Four members of the Girls’ Choir formally became part of the historic tradition of Canterbury Cathedral when they were admitted as members of the Cathedral Foundation*.
Alicia Hunt, Evie Jackaman, Gracie Molloy and Emily Waters (pictured above) are all in their second year with the choir and during a recent Evensong they were presented to the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis who admitted them as Foundation members following the older choir members who were made Foundation members last year.
Five girls have also just joined the Girls’ Choir after auditioning successfully in November 2016. Eldeca Marczin-Bundy, Georgina Scott, Leonie Carrette, Olivia Upton and Maya Moh (not present for the photograph –below) join the choir which was formed in January 2013 under the musical directorship of Cathedral assistant organist, David Newsholme.
The 25 members of the Girls’ Choir have a busy year ahead – in addition to singing at services the choir is visiting Oxford University to sing Evensong at Keble College on 27 May. The girls are singing a summer concert on 8 July and on 18 November they will be giving a performance of Handel’s Messiah.
*The Foundation is the term used to describe the historic community of the Cathedral, and includes many of the Cathedral clergy, office holders and musicians who are closely involved in the formal and worshipping life of the Cathedral.