Ripon Cathedral was pleased to welcome potential choristers and their families to the Choir Open Day this weekend.

Children from across the region attended the event during which they rehearsed and sang with the cathedral choir.

They were joined for the beautiful service of Evensong by Ripon Grammar School Chamber Choir – which includes a number of former cathedral choristers.

Parents had an exclusive look behind the scenes at the cathedral and heard from boys and girls who had recently left the choir about what they had gained from their experiences and how it had influenced their career choices as they move from school to university.

The cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden said: “The choristers demonstrated though their wonderful singing why Ripon Cathedral Choir enjoys a first rate reputation. Some of the music was actually composed by an ex-chorister, James Kitchingman, who left just last year!”

Being a chorister demands time and commitment but is incredibly rewarding. The children receive free singing lessons and are reimbursed for their time with regulator payments and a savings plan which accrues around £1,000 for them at the end of their term with the choir.

Choristers are hugely prized by schools. Previous choristers have gone on to sing in the National Youth Choir and have obtained choral and music scholarships to Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the choir should contact Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music, Andrew Bryden on 01765 603496 or email andrewbryden@riponcathedral.org.uk