MORE than 50 children
enjoyed an open-day Sunday afternoon at Ripon Cathedral, to explore
whether they might like to audition for the cathedral choir. After
a rehearsal with the choir and the cathedral music staff, they had
a treasure hunt around the cathedral, including places that are
normally off-limits to visitors. There was a break for
refreshments, and then the children rejoined the cathedral choir to
rehearse and sing evensong.
Meanwhile, parents had the
opportunity to tour the cathedral, meet the staff, and parents of
the choristers, attend a presentation about the cathedral and
choir, and sit in on the rehearsal. Auditions to join the choir
will take place throughout May and June, and the new probationers
will start in September.
"Singing is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of making
music with other people," the cathedral's director of music, Andrew
Bryden, says, "and the academic and social benefits to children
engaged in this sort of musical activity are well documented."