1 August 2019

Salisbury Cathedral’s girl choristers supported by JM Finn

The JM Finn medallion was awarded to Annenora Benians this year who has seen huge improvements in her singing and musical skills over the year.

The choral tradition was established 900 years ago and remains a cornerstone of the liturgy at the Cathedral. This past year has seen the choir perform with the Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir and the St Johns singers to perform a concert at Easter. This performance was followed by a busy schedule of Easter Services including the liturgy of Good Friday and Easter morning services.

After a well-deserved break, the choir were thrown back into rehearsing for the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival consisting of several notable choral performances from the combined choirs of Winchester, Chichester and Salisbury which was well attended and received. Evensong during the festival was sung by the combined Girl Choristers of Salisbury and Winchester which was recorded by the BBC for radio broadcast.

Summer saw the choir return with some new members, and new members from the previous years were now formally admitted as full choristers, welcomed in the traditional fashion with the girls being bumped on the head with a prayer book.

In December, Annenora had the great honour of being made the ‘Chorister Bishop’ for a service where she stepped up to the throne to deliver her sermon and lead the prayers. This ceremony dates back to medieval times.

The choir have just returned from a very successful tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Bratislava, and we look forward to hearing what the rest of the year holds.

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