The Cathedral Choir
Music & The Cathedral Choir
Music forms an important part of the life of Newport Cathedral. The Cathedral choir consists of three separate groups of singers: 16 boy choristers (aged 7 – 13), 20 girl choristers (aged 7 – 15) and the adults, providing the alto, tenor and bass parts. The Girls’ Choir was launched in 2015. The choir sings at Sunday services: Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong and at Evensong on a Wednesday, as well as at other special services throughout the year. A wide range of repertoire is sung, from the 17th Century to the 21st Century.
As well as singing at the Cathedral, the choir is often invited to sing at other churches locally and further afield and there are regular summer tours. Recently the boys and adults have sung in St David’s Cathedral and the girls and adults will be singing in Chester Cathedral this summer.
Many of the boy choristers have gone on to choose music for GCSE and A-level, and a number have later won prestigious cathedral and university choral scholarships. It is hoped that the girl choristers will be just as successful in the future and we believe that the love of music that began at Newport Cathedral will remain with all our choristers, old and young, for the rest of their lives!
The education of the children in the choir is an important part of the Cathedral’s mission: the children receive a first rate, free musical training and work to a professional standard, having fun in a disciplined environment, developing good team work, self-confidence and commitment. Whilst some of the work of the choir is undoubtedly demanding, we believe that the rewards to the children’s personal development are incalculable.
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