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Australian choral first for girls

19 February 2016


"Same opportunities": the designated girls' choir

"Same opportunities": the designated girls' choir

ST PAUL’s Cathedral, Melbourne, will soon become, it is believed, the first cathedral choir in the southern hemisphere with a girls’ choir.

Although there are mixed choirs in other Australian cathedrals, St Paul’s will be the first with a separate female-voice choir. Eighteen girls from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School for girls, in Melbourne, will begin singing at the cathedral this year. They will sing on different days to the traditional male choir, combining with them for important festivals.

The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said that the cathedral believed that “women and girls should be given the same opportunities for leadership and ministry in our cathedral as men and boys, whether they aspire to be archbishops or choristers”.


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