Girls at last

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02 November 2006


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AFTER a thousand years of boys and men, Ely Cathedral is about to join the other cathedrals that have a choir of girls. Its new choir will be separate from the boys, singing on separate occasions. The girls, aged 13-18, will be drawn from the King's School, Ely.

The inspiration came from the head of the school, Sue Freestone ( centre, with pupils). She is herself a musician, and her idea was enthusiastically welcomed by the Director of Music and the Dean and Chapter of the cathedral.

Bursaries that reduce the school boarding fees by 33 per cent will be available to all new members of the girls' choir, and the school will recruit four girls into Year 9 and four into Year 10. The remaining dozen places will be taken up by older pupils already in the school.

"The musical educational opportunities available to cathedral choristers are unparalleled," says Mrs Freestone, "and we have the infrastructure to support the education of these girls in the widest sense. I am very envious of all they will have the chance to experience."

The choir will have a number of distinguished patrons, including the well-known singer and broadcaster Lesley Garrett. The school is currently advertising the post of director of the choir.

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