*** DEBUG END ***
Important information: We are currently experiencing technical issues with the webiste and it is currently running with reduced functionality, some category pages may not contain a full list of articles and the search is not currently working. We apologise for the inconvenience and should have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Wells's choristers are cloaked and warm

21 March 2014

by Philip Welch


WARM cloaks have brought sex equality to the child choristers of an English cathedral.

Cloaks were provided for the girls' choir when it was first formed at Wells Cathedral 20 years ago. But the boys' choir - believed to be founded 1100 years ago - never had cloaks to wear.

Now, after fund-raising led by one of the parents, Arnold Wills, all the choristers have been given new cloaks. "Over the years, the choristers' parents have said it is great that the girls stay warm and dry - but what about the boys?" Mr Wills said.

Money came from corporate sponsors, the cathedral, the school, and fund-raising by families.

"We are delighted with the new cloaks," the Head Boy Chorister, Fergus Brown, said. "The design is smart, and now we all have the same."

The Precentor of the cathedral, Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, said: "We are very grateful to the many who have given so generously. . . The children of the choir work extremely hard to maintain the reputation that the choir has gained over many years. It is the least that we can do to keep them warm while they do it."

Matthew Owens, the cathedral organist and Master of the Choristers, said: "We are delighted that all of the choristers now look the same . . . and are recognisable ambassadors for Wells Cathedral."

Forthcoming Events

29 September 2020
Festival of Preaching
A one-day online version of our popular preaching festival. With Mark Oakley, Sam Wells and Anna Carter Florence.   Book tickets


19 October 2020
Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar
In association with RSCM, this online event will explore creative uses music and liturgy in the context online and socially distanced worship.    Book tickets

Job of the Week


Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)