Image of Boys and girls enjoying a singing workshop

Local schoolchildren sing with the choristers of Jesus College and St Catharine’s College

Last Saturday over 50 local boys and girls enjoyed singing workshops and a concert with the choristers of Jesus and St Catharine’s Colleges.

The children attended workshops with vocal experts before they joined the choristers to perform a concert in Jesus College’s beautiful Chapel. With ages ranging between 6 and 11, most of the children had very little formal musical experience before the day.

Mark Williams, Director of Music at Jesus College, said: “The opportunity to join a choir should be available to children from all schools and all backgrounds, whether or not they have previous musical training or a religious faith. The Choirs of Jesus College and St Catharine’s are uniquely involved in the Cambridge community. We recruit our choristers locally, and they continue to attend their own schools and live at home.

“At Saturday’s event, the children attended two workshops with an essential break for juice and biscuits to make sure they could concentrate! They then took part in a 45 minute concert, which was open to all, and performed the pieces they had learnt earlier in the day.”

“We hope that our event will encourage the children who took part to explore singing further, whether with a College choir or elsewhere. Cambridge has countless wonderful opportunities for all children and adults to sing.”

The biannual ‘Singing Day’ was run in aid of charities Bella’s Fund, which supports Paediatric Gastroenterology Research at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.