Beatrice Fisher becomes Dean’s Chorister (or head girl chorister) with Imogen Moorsom assuming the role the Precentor’s Chorister (or deputy head girl chorister) and Katie Darke taking up the role of Turner, the chorister responsible for organizing the music sheets.
Eva Akerman, whose sister Clara was the Dean’s Chorister last year, and Emma Lane, who has a brother in the choir, both become full choristers after a year as probationers.
David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral said:
“Advent and Christmas is always a busy time for choristers and there is a lot of hard work ahead for the girls and boys. They have two big concerts to sing next month and the month after, along with their daily duties and the big Advent and Christmas services. It is great for team spirit but a challenge at the same time.”
The first concert the choir will sing is Fauré’s Requiem on Thursday 10 November. The Requiem will be sung by the entire Cathedral choir - boys, girls and men – and is a Remembrance-tide concert. Alongside JS Bach’s motets Der Geist hilft and Ich lasse dich nicht is a specially commissioned work by Ian Stephens - The Salisbury Service – dedicated to the memory of Christopher Steinitz, a former Salisbury Cathedral chorister who died in October 1997.
Tickets cost £15 and can be booked online via Salisbury Playhouse or by ringing 01722 320 333.
In December the full choir will be joined by four international soloists: Fflur Wynn (soprano), Robin Blaze (countertenor) Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) and Matthew Brook (bass-baritone) for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. They will be accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia conducted by David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral Director of Music.
The concert takes place at 19.30 on Wednesday 7 December. Tickets are £10 upwards and via the Cathedral website.