On Sunday 3 February the Cathedral Choir will hold it’s very first ‘be a chorister for a day.’ The life of a Cathedral chorister is a busy and rewarding one. It involves long hours of rehearsal, long periods of concentration and lots of fun. The maxim of ‘work hard, play hard’ certainly applies to Cathedral choristers.
Much of what the choristers do goes on behind the scenes. For every service they sing in the Cathedral, they spend several hours of preparation in rehearsals. They also have individual weekly singing, theory and instrumental lessons. The rewards are great however. The choristers work to a very high standard every day, improving their self-discipline, organisation and responsibility as well as having the opportunities to sing in a variety of different languages. The exposure to such skills at such an early age is one reason why former choristers have gone on to be Olympic swimmers, MP’s and even the current England cricket captain.
The idea of ‘be a chorister for a day’ is to offer the opportunity for boys currently in years 3-5 the opportunity to come and spend a day with the choristers and find out what they get up to. (The Cathedral is very fortunate to have both boy and girl choristers, and a similar ‘be a chorister for a day’ event is planned for girls in June.)
Boys who attend our ‘be a chorister for a day’ will have the opportunity to learn how their voice works, play in the choristers well equipped games room, have a tour of the Cathedral, see the organ up close, try on the choristers distinctive robes and best of all, get to sing at the afternoon service in the Cathedral itself with the full Cathedral Choir of boys and men.
We hope that boys who attend the ‘be a chorister for a day’ will want to be considered for a place in the Cathedral choir themself. The choir was founded in 1960, and since then over 350 boys have had the opportunity to enhance the cathedral liturgy through the melodious sound of their voices. Voice trials (auditions) for prospective choristers take place on Saturday 9 February. Boys who attend the ‘be a chorister for a day’ will even get to see a ‘mock’ audition, so that they know exactly what is involved. The Director of Music is looking for boys who have potential, with a good clear voice and a passion for excelling in all that they do.
Current choristers come from as far afield as Southport and Manchester, as well as across many different areas of Liverpool. If you know of any boys in years 3-5 in your parish who you think would be interested to come and be a ‘chorister for a day’ please have their parents get in touch with the Cathedral Music office on 0151 708 7283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org