Cathedral choir open to children across city

Ripon Cathedral's choir singing at a Ceremony of Carols (s)
Ripon Cathedral's choir singing at a Ceremony of Carols (s)
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Riopon Cathedral Choir is to be open to children from across the city, the cathedral’s governing body has announced.

Children who go to school in and around the city will have the chance to audition for a place in the prestigious choir, which will be made up of 24 boy and 24 girl choristers.

The changes to the 100 year old Choral Foundation at the cathedral come after the closure of Ripon Cathedral Choir School, which had previously educated all the cathedral’s choristers.

The cathedral’s Director of Music, Andrew Bryden, said: “We are lucky to have the most enthusiastic Choristers one could wish for and I am confident of their ability to rise to new challenges and to lead the new Choristers who will join us as we shape the Choir’s future.”

The six existing professional Lay Clerks will continue to provide the Choir’s adult voices, while the Director and Assistant Director of Music will continue to manage and direct the Choir, providing “unparalleled training” with vocal and musical coaching for the young choristers, a cathedral spokesperson said.

Dean of Ripon the Very Reverend Keith Jukes said: “This fresh vision enables us to build on and, indeed, improve the cathedral’s standing as a centre of choral excellence.”

Enquiries about becoming a Chorister should go to Director of Music, Andrew Bryden on 01765 603496 or via email to andrewbryden@riponcathedral.org.uk.