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Girls allowed

20 September 2013

THEY want a new generation of girls - and boys - to join the choir at Liverpool Cathedral. Next week, both boys and girls are invited to become a chorister for a day, to experience what it is like behind the scenes for choristers, the musical education, and opportunities for travel. They will also have a taster music lesson, and learn a piece to sing at the 3 p.m. evensong.

Fiona Miller, now 20, says that, without being in the original girls' choir that was begun in 2003, she would not now be studying for a music degree at Leeds on her way to becoming a music teacher. "Being a chorister was one of the best experiences of my life. I made some brilliant friends, and received an excellent music education."

On Sunday, the cathedral is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Girls' Choir; and the founder members, now in their 20s, are coming to sing with the current girl choristers and lay clerks at the 10.30 a.m. eucharist. Miss Miller, now on an elective music placement at the cathedral, advises the boys and girls thinking of auditioning for the choir: "Go for it. Even if it doesn't work out, just try."

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