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And now the girls. . .

22 August 2014

THE Chapter has been thinking about introducing girl choristers for many years, the Dean of Truro, the Very Revd Roger Bush, says. Now, at last, they are to have a girls' choir, starting this autumn. The cathedral has had a traditional choir of men and boys ever since it was consecrated in 1887, and it is currently highly regarded.

Besides singing at six services each week during term time, and during the main festivals, the 18 boys and 12 men have a regular programme of concerts, broadcasts, and foreign tours. The boys, with scholarships from the cathedral, are educated at Polwhele House School. Six men are lay vicars, and six are choral scholars.

The girls, aged 13 to 18, will be drawn from Truro School, an independent co-ed school, where they will receive 25-per-cent scholarships. As with the boys, their selection will be on musical and academic potential, and they will sing services in parallel with the boys.

"With our shared commitment to musical excellence," Truro School's headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown (above, with the Dean), says, "this partnership between Truro School and Truro Cathedral is wonderful news indeed. We already have one of the biggest and busiest music departments in the south-west, and we are delighted with the introduction of a new chorister programme for girls that gives us new opportunities to build on this further."


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