Music at the Minster

Music lies at the very heart of our worship. It is, without doubt, our USP! Given the twenty choristers and fifteen or so adults, not to mention the recently formed, fifteen strong, Minster Minims and the Minster Singers, the choirs affect the lives of well over sixty families connected with the Minster.

Singing in the Minster Choir requires a real commitment and, in addition to the regular services, there are a number of special services and concerts throughout the year including the annual choir tour where the choir sing the services at a major cathedral.

We have recently sung at St Edmundsbury, Norwich, Ely, Derby and Coventry cathedrals. The Minster has no dedicated choir school with children attending a number of schools throughout the area, all with differing musical outputs, so training a choir to sing music to cathedral standard requires considerable dedication.

Indeed, with the musical education of our choristers, comes a responsibility to ‘share something of the Almighty’, as it was described to me as a young chorister. Whatever we may believe, music carries us beyond the limitations of human words towards those things we cannot articulate and can give respite and inspiration in our busy modern lives.

The experience of a cathedral choristership is unparalleled in the training it offers.  As well as the obvious musical benefits, choristers also master key transferable skills such as discipline, teamwork, commitment, confidence and self-presentation.  All of which will be valued in their time at university and by future employers, and all of which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Sarah MacDonald, Director of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir

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