An Ex-chorister Remembers An earlier Royal Wedding

Last month’s celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 year-long marriage to Prince Philip prompted one of the boys who sang on that happy occasion to cast his mind back to that day in 1947. Robert Turner, a chorister at Westminster Abbey and a pupil at Westminster Abbey Choir School, recalls: “We gargled with salt water for the … Continue reading →

Reigate Chorister’s WW1 Story

Reigate St Mary’s Prep and Choir School was delighted to be contacted by the niece of a former chorister  killed in The First World War. On Nov 16, the Surrey Mirror published a story about a letter written by George Garton with details of life as a soldier prior to his despatch to the Western … Continue reading →

Farewell Tony Duncan, Fondly Remembered by CSA

Tony Duncan, Former Head of King’s Ely Junior School,  died on 30th October after a long and valiant battle with cancer.   Tony joined King’s Ely in January 2000; he will be remembered as a supportive and encouraging colleague and for the warmth and gentleness of his humanity.  He was relentlessly child-centred and loved nothing … Continue reading →

Harry Enjoys Violin Masterclass with Tasmin Little

Harry L’Estrange, a Form 3 pupil at St John’s College School in Cambridge, has just enjoyed an amazing opportunity to take part in a violin masterclass at Uppingham School with Tasmin Little OBE. Tasmin, the world-renowned violinist and one of the pre-eminent performers of her generation, gave the masterclass to pupils of Grade 8 level … Continue reading →

St John’s Budding Organists Entertain

Lots of excellent musical activity to report from St John’s College Choir School in Cambridge including the news that Jaylen Cheng (aged 11) has just got a distinction in his grade 8 piano. Many congratulations Jaylen! Well done also to the three St John’s College Choristers who gave an organ recital at the Church of … Continue reading →

Exeter CS Bellringing Club Thriving

When a new head arrived at Exeter Cathedral School in 2012 and let slip to a parent that he was a church bell-ringer, Exeter Cathedral School’s Bellringing Club was born. Once a week, after school, the first intake of seven pupils crossed the Cathedral Yard to St Petrock and its light, but tricky, ring of six … Continue reading →

The Chorister and The Racing Car!

A fun, informative chorister vocal health guide has just been published. Written by Anita Morrison specifically for children, and with its own supporting website, it aims to help these young singers take responsibility for looking after their voices. Anita, singing teacher to the choristers at the London Oratory Schola also teaches others at a number … Continue reading →

Outreach Coordinators Reunited!

CSA and The Friends of Cathedral Music(FCM) recently brought together representatives of a number of outreach singing projects linked to cathedrals. The day-long conference, hosted by Lichfield Cathedral School,  renewed some of the relationships and networking established when CSA’s Chorister Outreach Programme (COP) was part of  government-funded National Singing Programme known as Sing Up.  At … Continue reading →

NSSO Announce 2018 Courses

The National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) celebrates its 25th anniversary with its annual course for young musicians at Malvern College next July. The week-long residential course for talented young instrumentalists aged 9-19 offers intensive musical training alongside a fun social programme. Auditions are held at the applicant’s school and, once accepted, NSSO membership is assured … Continue reading →

Know a Child Who Loves Singing?

One of the great innovations of recent years is the event known as Be A Chorister for a Day. Click here to see if there is an event near you  http://www.choirschools.org.uk/be-a-chorister-for-a-day/ The idea was pioneered by Salisbury Cathedral and has been adopted  by many of our Cathedrals. It’s a ‘try before you buy day’ for children … Continue reading →

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