A choral lockdown in numbers

By Dr Christopher McElroy

Our choir year has now ended. We had a lovely (online) celebration where we sang together, welcomed our new choristers and bid farewell to those choristers who were moving on to our Youth Choir.
Music for the foreseeable future at the Cathedral will be limited to organ and cantor at the 9am and 11am Mass each Sunday. It is unknown when it will be once again safe for our choirs to begin singing again, although there are multiple scientific studies currently ongoing which we hope will give guidance on how singing can safely return.

The figures below demonstrate the virtual interaction that we maintained during lockdown, all on Zoom:
  • 459 chorister individual theory tutorials
  • 423 individual singing lessons
  • 120 chorister group rehearsals
  • 110 probationer group rehearsals
  • 64 staff meetings
  • 13 keyboard skills classes for trainee organists
  • 12 Junior Choir rehearsals
  • 11 girl chorister voice trials
  • 7 boy chorister voice trials
  • 7 Hope University Choir rehearsals
  • 6 Friday Big Sings
  • 5 Youth Choir rehearsals
  • 4 Pentecost Big Sing rehearsals
  • 4 End-of-term Big Sing rehearsals
  • 1 Pentecost Big Sing
  • 1 End-of-term Big Sing
We very much look forward to resuming in September and hope it will not be too long before our choirs can once again sing the praises of God in our wonderful Cathedral.