Founded in 1995, the Norwich Cathedral Girls' Choir is now regarded as one of the best in the country.
Founded in 1995, Norwich Cathedral Girls' Choir is one of the longest established of its kind in the country and is now widely regarded as one of the best in the UK.
The girl choristers are volunteers drawn from across Norwich and Norfolk, with nine schools and colleges currently represented amongst its members. The choir is made up of around 22 girls between the ages of 11 and 18.
The girls’ choir sing Evensong in the Cathedral every Tuesday during school term and lead the worship at one Sunday Eucharist and Evensong each term. They play a full part in the Cathedral services during Christmas and Easter, perform regular concerts in the Cathedral and across the Diocese, as well as making commercial recordings and broadcasting on radio. In the summer of 2013 they sang services for a week in Westminster Abbey, and in July 2015 will be touring to New York and Washington DC. The girls’ choir also have a vibrant programme of social events such as bowling, pizza evenings and an annual weekend residential trip.
The Choir requires the full commitment to its regular timetable:
Tuesday evenings: rehearsal 4.45 pm, Evensong 5.30 pm, followed by supper and rehearsal, finishing at 7.45 pm
Saturday mornings: rehearsal 10.30 am - 12 noon
How to apply
If you would like to explore the possibility of your daughter joining the Cathedral girls’ choir, please contact the Liturgy and Music Administrator, Kristina Bartlette, firstname.lastname@example.org (01603 218306).
The Master of Music, Ashley Grote, is always pleased to meet girls from the age of 10 upwards to come and sing to him informally. At audition, it is helpful if girls can bring along something known to them to sing, although this is not essential. They will be asked to do some simple vocal exercises, some basic ear tests and to attempt some sight-reading of a simple piece with help. No previous choral experience is required: we are looking for girls who have a good voice and strong ear, who enjoy performing and are keen to learn more about music and choral singing.