Five boys including Jack Maltby from Pitton Primary, Salisbury, Rory Law from Sutton Veny Primary School, Warminster and two pupils from the Cathedral School, Theo Price and Kavan Sathish, start singing with the Salisbury Cathedral Choir in September as Probationer Choristers.
After recent voice trials, the 11 pupils from Years 3 and 4 gained places in the choir and Chorister Scholarships to Salisbury Cathedral School.
Probationers take about a year to become full choristers. Salisbury Cathedral Choir, unlike many other Cathedrals’ Choirs with girls and boys, gives equality of experience for both, with equal choir duties and funding.
The new Probationers rehearse and occasionally sing services with the choir, becoming part of a 900-year-old musical tradition. They’ll also quickly learn how to organise their time because a chorister’s life is a busy one, and sports, music and all the other activities of school life must be fitted in around their singing.
Salisbury Cathedral was the first to admit girls to its choir in 1991. This year the six girls joining come from far and wide. Matilda Budd from Sutton Coldfield has been offered a place, alongside Emma Wyse from Sherborne House, Chandlers Ford and Isabel Moss, who is currently at school in Kensington, West London.
A local girl who gained a place is Rosie Bennett from Downton. David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral said:
“This year, around 60 children came to our Be a Chorister For A Day event, which means that awareness of the opportunities offered by the Choir is high. We were really pleased with the outcome of the Voice Trials.”