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Chorister promotions and admissions - and a new organ scholar

Photo L-R The two most senior boys choristers Edward Pinnock (Vestry Monitor) and Nathaniel Halls

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Chorister promotions and admissions - and a new organ scholar

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 19th September 2017

Photo L-R The two most senior boys choristers Edward Pinnock (Vestry Monitor) and Nathaniel Halls (Bishop's Chorister) - photography Dominic Parkes.

Now that the school term is well underway and Christmas looms on the not-so-far horizon, lots has been happening in our Music Department. Five senior choristers have taken up new roles in preparation for the coming year and new singers have joined the choir.

The Bishop's Chorister plays an important part in the Cathedral choir. As a senior chorister and leader of the boys choir, he is a role model for younger choristers and needs to be an excellent musician and singer. Nathaniel Halls stepped up to become the Bishop’s Chorister at Evensong last Saturday 16 September.

Alongside Nathaniel, Edward Pinnock was promoted to Vestry Monitor and Deputy Head of the boys choir, whilst choristers Freddie Folkes, Felix Melia and Oliver Field became Turners. Probationers Daniel Benians, Charlie Jones-Perrott and Isaiah Oliver were also admitted to the choir as full choristers. In time honoured tradition they were welcomed in a special ceremony that involved Nathaniel (as the Bishop’s Chorister) and Edward (as Vestry Monitor) bumping their heads gently, we hope, on a stone in the Quire Aisle, while the rest of the 16 strong choir chanted a welcome.


David Halls, Director of Music said: 
“Starting the Christmas Term with a new team is always exciting. There’s lots of work to be done to get the choir into shape for Christmas, one of our busiest times, but it’s also a chance to try new things. We have two big concerts in November and December to work towards.”



A new Organ Scholar has also joined the team. Daniel Matheison, who joined this month, will be in post until September next year. Formerly an Organ Scholar at Worcester College in Oxford, Dan grew up in and around Cathedral cities. He was born in Norwich and spent his childhood in York, where he studied the organ at York Minster.

While at Oxford, Dan directed and accompanied services, concerts and tours alongside training the probationers and choristers of the boys choir, skills that will be useful in his new role at the Cathedral.



English Requiem (World Premiere)
The new boys' line up will be singing their first big concert in November with the full cathedral choir (men, girls and boys), when David Halls premieres his new English Requiem.  The requiem will be sung during the Remembrancetide concert in Salisbury Cathedral at 19.30 on Thursday, 9 November, along with Bach’s motet Jesu Meine Freude and a short piece by Elgar. Tickets are £15 and can be bought on our website here or via Salisbury Playhouse on 01722 320333.


Handel's Messiah
The boys will also be performing 
Handel’s ever popular Messiah when it returns to the Cathedral for the second year running. Once again the full Cathedral choir (men, girls and boys) will be accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia and there will be four distinguished soloists: Ruby Hughes, Robin Blaze, Thomas Walker and Stephan Loges. Doors open at 19.30 on Saturday 9 December

For any other enquiries or further information contact: Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral via or 01722 555148.