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Local school children sing alongside choristers

Around fifty children from across Cambridgeshire took part in a singing workshop on Saturday (23 June) before taking part in a concert in the beautiful 12th Century Chapel here at Jesus College.

Organised jointly by Jesus College and St Catharine’s College, the 6-11 year olds were taught songs by vocal expert Hilary Jones, before giving a final performance for their parents.

The concert also featured the boy choristers of Jesus College and girl choristers of St Catharine’s College, all of whom are drawn from local schools and sing regularly at College Chapel services and performances throughout the year.

Director of Music at Jesus College, Richard Pinel, said: “We run this day every two years to bring children together to experience the joy of singing as part of a group. Our choristers have also enjoyed welcoming everyone along to sing in our Chapel.”

Director of Music at St Catharine’s College, Dr Edward Wickham, said: “These are always wonderful events, and it’s fantastic to see so many children coming together with our choristers to create a performance that they’re so proud of.”

About the Choristers of Jesus College

Drawn from local schools, choristers are aged between 7 and 13/14. After a probationary period they attend regular rehearsals and Chapel services during term time. In addition, choristers enjoy a busy schedule of recordings, broadcasts and concerts, plus UK and overseas tours. There is no cost to being a chorister. The Director of Music is happy to hear from prospective choristers at any time, pleae contact choir@jesus.cam.ac.uk to arrange an informal meeting. Find out more on the choir webpages.

About the Choristers of St Catharine’s College

Founded in 2008, the St Catharine's College Girls' Choir was the first college-based choir for girls in the UK, breaking with 900 years of tradition and setting a precedent which has been followed by several other institutions both here and abroad. The choir provides a unique and invaluable musical experience for girls aged 8 to 15; with many girls continuing to age 18 in the mixed-voice College Choir.

The choir sings weekly in the College Chapel, as well as giving regular concerts and its repertoire extends from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century, including music both sacred and secular. Auditions for entry into the choir in September 2018 will be held on Sunday 8 July. To register interest, please email music@caths.cam.ac.uk and find out more on the choir webpages.

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