Be a Girl Chorister for a day 2019: Music-loving girls spend day in the life of Ely Cathedral chorister as part of annual scheme

Girls from all walks of life joined forces to spend a day in the life of an Ely Cathedral chorister.

Girls from all walks of life joined forces to spend a day in the life of an Ely Cathedral chorister. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

More than dozen girls, who all share a love for music, combined forces and spent a day in the life of a Cambridgeshire chorister.

Thanks to an annual event by King's Ely and Ely Cathedral, girls aged between nine and 13 from all walks of life had a glimpse of cathedral choir life.

The 'Be a Girl Chorister for a Day' event is held each year at the city's cathedral and gives the girls a chance to take part in the famous choral evensong.

Sarah MacDonald, director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir, said: "We had a wonderful day with lots of potential choristers; lovely singing and lots of fun fellowship.

"The experience of a cathedral choristership is unparalleled in the training it offers.


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"As well as the obvious musical benefits, girls 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."

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King's Ely has educated the boy choristers of Ely Cathedral for over 1,000 years.

Early in the new millennium, a girls' choir was founded to complement the boys' choir, and to enable the cathedral to hold choral services every day of the week in term time.

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