A historic moment for choral music at Gloucester Cathedral
On Monday 7th November four girls, Henrike Stelter, Violet Legge, Amelia Chilvers and Clara Foo, had the exciting opportunity of joining Mrs Bursey-Faulkner and Mr Parker at Evensong in Gloucester Cathedral to witness an historic occasion: the first time that Gloucester Cathedral Choir had included girl choristers. Gloucester is one of the last cathedrals in the UK to admit them, and the Dean remarked that they had managed to get a female diocesan bishop before they had girl choristers!
Our girls took their place in a large congregation to witness head choristers appointed and all the choristers pledging their loyalty to serve the church and God with their singing. Then the young choristers, aged 7-13, sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria by Simon Lindley.
One of our girls commented: "We enjoyed the deeply calming service with the beauty of having the magnificent cathedral filled with singing, and we believe that it is wonderful that girls are finally given the same recognition and chances as boys are in the church music world." Needless to say, the tea and cakes which followed were much appreciated too - "a perfect ending to a historic and wonderful evening".