The Godolphin Vocal Ensemble

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For day 6 we wanted to recognise and celebrate all the talented educators in schools across the UK, who bring cathedral music into the learning environment and enthuse their pupils to sing sacred music.

We’re delighted to introduce to you the Godolphin Vocal Ensemble, an award-winning choir of 24 auditioned students aged 13-18 from Godolphin School, Salisbury. The choir sings for Evensong and Eucharist services in cathedrals (most recently Winchester and Salisbury) and takes part in fundraising events held in cathedrals for Barnardo’s, having been Barnardo’s Choir of the Year on several occasions.

Today they sing ‘The Dormouse’s Carol’ to help Cathedral Music Trust open more doors of opportunity for young people to engage with and learn cathedral music. The carol – where a dormouse is awoken from its hibernation with the news of Jesus’s birth - is a piece by composer Elizabeth Poston, and is arranged by the choir’s Director Olivia Sparkhall. 


"It’s so fun being in the choir… it really allows you to express yourself as an individual whilst still being part of a group"

 Godolphin Vocal Ensemble member 


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