King’s Ely Ex Choristers A Cappella Success

KING’S Ely’s all-boys a cappella group has qualified for a prestigious competition. All the members of the King’s Barbers are all former cathedral or college choir choristers The group, who celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, has got through to the National Youth a Cappella Competition which takes  place at the University of Birmingham in … Continue reading →

Durham Cathedral Introduces Day Option for Choristers

From September Durham Cathedral choristers will have the choice of being boarding or day pupils at The Chorister School. At present, all the choristers are full boarders but, as Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral explains: “Our choristers come from the North East region and from all over the UK. … Continue reading →

Christ Church Cathedral School Publishes First History

Cardinal Wolsey founded Cardinal College, Oxford in 1525 with provision for 16 choristers and a master to teach them. Henry V111 refounded the College as Christ Church in 1546, by which time there were just eight choristers. The story of Christ Church Cathedral School has been written for the first time by Richard Lane, a … Continue reading →

Learning in Harmony with St Paul’s

St Paul’s Cathedral and School are a step nearer to realising ambitious plans to improve the education of all its pupils and to increase opportunities for thousands more children across London and further afield. Construction work on a new boarding house for the 32 choristers will start in the summer of 2019. It will be … Continue reading →

Hereford Cathedral School – A Great Story

A former Head of Hereford Cathedral School has traced the school’s  history through highs and lows to produce a fascinating story over eight centuries. Dr Howard Tomlinson, a former CSA Chairman during his time at HFC from 1987-2005, is a highly respected historian and well-placed to tell this ‘rich and complex story of survival and … Continue reading →

New Head of Wells Cathedral School Announced

The Governing Body of Wells Cathedral School has announced that Mr Alastair Tighe will succeed Elizabeth Cairncross as Head of the School in September 2018. Alastair, currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Bedford School, is a Cambridge graduate where he was Organ Scholar at Magdalene College. He also sang as a Lay Clerk at Truro Cathedral. … Continue reading →

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 →

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