Changes sees King's boy and girl choristers in perfect harmony

May 04 2021
Changes sees King's boy and girl choristers in perfect harmony

A significant change to choristerships at The King’s School, Worcester will see girls given equal opportunities to boys.

In conjunction with Worcester Cathedral, girls can join from a younger age and, like the boys, have access to scholarships at King’s Worcester.

Choristers have been educated exclusively at The King’s School since the Refoundation by Henry VIII in 1541, with each chorister receiving a choral scholarship towards their fees.

The girl choristers were established in 2006 and are currently accepted from Year 7, playing an important part in cathedral worship.

The choristership consists of separate boy and girl choirs who sing weekly at Evensong and contribute to other services throughout the year.

The new initiative seeks to build on the inclusion of girls, by opening up the choristership opportunity to girls from Year 4 in September, 2021, plus seeing them take an equal share in weekly chorister commitments.

It presents an equal opportunity for boys and girls of all ages to have access to musical training at Worcester Cathedral, alongside their education at The King’s School Worcester.

The first places to be offered will be two girls in both Years 7 and 8 for September, 2021, increasing over the next three years to incorporate younger girl choristers down to Year 4.

Richard Chapman, Head of King’s St Alban’s, said: “We are delighted and welcome this exciting change in that choristership now reflects the equality that King’s St Alban’s is passionate about.”

He added: “It’s a significant commitment to be a chorister and a wonderful opportunity.

“Choristers enjoy a stimulating and nurturing experience, develop a whole raft of skills, often go on to successful careers in many fields and develop a life-long passion for music.”

The Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Peter Atkinson, said: “I am delighted that we are now able to make this very significant step forward, giving the girls of the Cathedral choir the same opportunity as the boys and, at the same time, opening up fresh opportunities for children and young people right across the local community.”