Congratulations to the five choristers who were formally installed to the Canterbury Cathedral Choir by the Very Revd Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury on Saturday 7 September 2019. Ruaraidh Aitken, Harry Barker, Noah Le Grange, Rhyd Lowe and Patrick Poninski become part of Canterbury’s historic choral tradition by having their names added to the the membership of the Cathedral Foundation.
Also during the service, veteran choristers Charlie Alexander, Samson Buck, Frederick Butler, James Hodgkinson and Leo Routh were each awarded the Senior Chorister’s medal.
This ceremony has been continued for hundreds of years and is always an exciting time for the boys and their families. Organist and Master of Choristers Dr David Flood said: “September is always a busy time for the Cathedral Choir as the boys take on their new responsibilities and gain the opportunity to be part of the world-famous performances which happen every day.
“I am delighted that we have such a strong team of boys and I know that all those who hear them, from whichever part of the world they come, will be enchanted by the sound. Being a Cathedral Chorister is a unique and priceless experience.”
The start of the new choir year also sees the welcome of five new Probationers: Rupert Gregory, Angus Henderson, Jeremy and Theodore Isom and Cesar Ntsmushobora all of whom are aged eight and just beginning their training with the Cathedral Choir.
Become a Canterbury Cathedral Chorister…
Boys who are currently aged seven or eight and enjoy singing are invited to audition to become a chorister in 2020 with voice trials being held on Saturday 9 November.
Dr David Flood said: “Don’t wait until November if you are interested. I would be delighted to meet and advise at any convenient time. It is not necessary to have had any musical training, I am just looking for potential and I will give lots of encouragement, help about how to prepare for the audition and can answer any queries and give all sorts of information. Above all music-making in the Cathedral is fun and the life of a chorister is a wonderful and unique experience.”
Canterbury Cathedral Choir enjoys the very highest reputation across the world and performs to many thousands of people every year. The choir records regularly and their CDs are highly regarded. The choristers have the opportunity to participate in major tours both in Europe and in America. All of the 25 choristers attend St Edmund’s School in Canterbury and there are substantial scholarships available.
For further information, please contact David Flood on 01227 865242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A short video of the life of a Cathedral Chorister can be seen here.