Partnership programme


Pilgrims' School Winchester

Contact person:
Chris Burton
MEH, Singing

The school and cathedral have teamed up with Hampshire Music Service and visit six schools every Wednesday afternoon through the summer term. The end result is a massed choir concert in the cathedral with the choristers. They have also started an activity programme as part of the diocese Year Six leavers’ services in the Cathedral. For three consecutive mornings in June they host six different schools at The Pilgrims’ for a choral workshop.

Secondly and for the second year running, an activity programme is run as part of the diocese Year Six leavers services in the cathedral.  Therefore for three consecutive mornings (late June) they have six different schools come to Pilgrims’, who participate in a choral workshop alongside Year 5/6 choristers.

Pilgrims’ enjoys a special relationship with Shepherds Down School with the choir going along to sing to and with pupils.


Over 200 children from Hampshire Primary Schools will join together at noon on Wednesday 3 July to fill Winchester Cathedral with the sound of music.

This year’s project has involved Freegrounds Junior School, Norwood Primary School, Shamblehurst Primary School, St Swithun Wells Primary School and Wellstead Primary School, and the Music Outreach team have been visiting the schools over the last few months to hold music workshops in preparation for the big day. The primary school choirs will join together with The Pilgrims’ School Junior Commoners’ Choir and Winchester Cathedral Boy Choristers on Wednesday 3 July for a special celebration of music.

Directed by Christopher Burton (The Pilgrims’ School) and Nick Duncombe (Hampshire Music Service), the massed choir of around 200 children aged between 7 and 13 will perform a varied programme of music which includes songs from the shows, music from around the world, and much more.

Claudia Grinnell (Assistant Organist at Winchester Cathedral), who will be accompanying the concert, will also demonstrate the remarkable range of the Cathedral’s ‘Father’ Willis organ, a spectacular instrument with a range of ‘bells and whistles’ the likes of which many of the visitors may never have heard.

“Singing is renowned for being one of the most beneficial skills to have”, says Andrew Lumsden, the Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral. “This is especially so in choirs, as it brings musicians of whatever standard together in music-making and fellowship. We hope that this outreach concert will inspire the children, from joining a choir like their school choir or indeed one of the Cathedral Choirs or simply to sing at home in the shower!”



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