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These Gedling girls have become Southwell Minster’s youngest ever female choir singers

Meet Isabella, Sophia and Katie – Southwell Minster‘s newest choristers and the youngest ever to be accepted into the prestigious girls’ choir.

The three talented singers all hail from Gedling borough and were officially signed up at a service on Sunday.

The three girls – Mapperley sisters Isabella (8) and Sophia (11) as well as their friend Katie (age 11) of Burton Joyce – have spent the last academic year in training to join the renowned Minster Choir and became fully fledged Minster choristers on Sunday, in a wonderful service full of family and friends.

The girls are now the youngest to ever sing in the girls’ choir at the minister – which was built back in the twelfth century.

Isabella has enjoyed the journey to becoming a full-time member of the choir.

She said: “Being a chorister is really good fun and I like practising with my friends. I’ve learned a lot in the last year.”

Each week the boy and girl choristers play a pivotal role in the acts of worship in the cathedral through music-making of the highest standard.  They give many hours of their time and, in return, are developed as the highest quality singers and musicians.  They make frequent broadcasts on national radio, have sung to royalty, make professional recordings and tour other countries. 

Paul Provost, the Rector Chori of Southwell Cathedral said he was immensely proud of the three new recruits.

He said: “These three have worked hard over the last year to develop their skills so we can welcome them into our amazing team. It’s a really exciting time for us here in Southwell.”

If any youngsters are interested in becoming a Southwell Minster chorister, please contact Paul Provost: rectorchori@southwellminster.org.uk.

Children interested in joining can come to Southwell Minster and become a chorister for the day.

This popular free event is open to all children in years 2-4 who wish to sample a day in the life of a Southwell Minster chorister. The event will take place on Saturday, November, 9, 2019

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