The girls and boys of Ripon Cathedral Choir are part of a strong musical tradition – raising their voices in praise – in a place where Christians have worshipped for more than 1300 years.

But being a chorister here is much more than that – it’s about friendship, team work and a first class musical training – for free!

On Sunday May 14 there is a unique opportunity for children to join in the fun – meeting the choir, rehearsing with them and singing in the beautiful service of Evensong.

The Choir Open Day is for girls and boys aged six to 11 who may be interested in joining the choir. It’s a chance not only to meet the cathedral’s musicians and choristers but for parents and children to take a guided tour of the cathedral with exclusive behind the scenes access.

Ripon Cathedral Choir enjoys a first class reputation and is regularly featured on TV, with appearances on BBC Breakfast and The One Show.

Being a chorister demands time and commitment but is incredibly rewarding. The children receive free singing lessons and are reimbursed for their time with regular payments and a savings plan which accrues over £1,000 for them when they have completed their term in the choir.

The cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden said: “Not only do choristers receive first class musical training, they also learn organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Being a chorister builds confidence and provides a life-long skill.

“Choristers are highly prized by schools. Previous choristers have gone on to sing in the National Youth Choir and have obtained choral and music scholarships to universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.”

The Open day runs from 1pm to 4.30pm on Sunday May 14.
To register call the cathedral’s music office on 01765 603496 or email: [email protected]