It's day 18 and we're in Yorkshire! We are visiting Bradford Cathedral, where the girl choristers sing Away in a Manger.
Bradford Cathedral celebrated its centenary in 2019 and, along with Ripon and Wakefield, is one of the three cathedrals of the Diocese of Leeds. Their Cathedral Choir is made up of independent rows of boy and girl choristers, all of whom are drawn from state schools across the City of Bradford. The choristers are joined by adult choral scholars and volunteer lay clerks to sing for services throughout the week. When choristers reach the end of Yr 8, they become junior choral scholars, and join with the Cathedral Consort (voluntary choir) to sing for Sunday evensong.
The cathedral also runs singing workshops in local schools, with interested children encouraged to join the Cathedral Sing! day. Once they have attended Cathedral Sing!, they can sign up for the cathedral's community choir for children, Grace Notes. This choir gives young people a fun introduction to cathedral music, and the opportunity to perform at services. Members are invited to audition for the cathedral choir and become choristers.
Being a cathedral chorister is such a worthwhile opportunity, and Bradford Cathedral welcomes interest from anyone - young or not so young - who loves to sing. Their choristers have recently sung with the City of London Sinfonia and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. In 2019, they toured to Germany and recently they have recorded for Premier Radio and BBC Radio Leeds. For information about our music programme, please email [email protected]
Your gift this Christmas will enable us to support choirs all year round and continue sharing this extraordinary musical heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
What's more, thanks to a generous matched-funding pledge of £25,000 towards our Christmas Campaign, every donation made between now and 31 December will be doubled!