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First Christmas concert by cathedral's all-girls choir

Canterbury Cathedral's all-girls choir

Tonight for the first time in its history, a girls choir will perform a Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral.

The formation of the all girl choir in January ended a one-thousand year tradition of all male choristry at the Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral's first all-girls' choir prepare for Christmas concert

A unique event will take place at Canterbury Cathedral in December, when its first ever all-girls' choir perform their first public Christmas concert.

The choir was formed in January this year and is made up of 16 mainly local girls aged between 12 and 18 years old.

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Their first performance attracted over 600 people, and they are now busy rehearsing for their Christmas debut.

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They also performed at the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests this year.

The concert will take place on 5th December in the cathedral's Nave.

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Cathedrals in the south east to receive funding

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that, Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester, Portsmouth and Rochester cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

31 cathedrals across England will now be able to fix leaking roofs, repair stained glass windows and spires, and carry out many other important works, making the total number of cathedrals receiving funding through the programme 41.

Arundel Cathedral will receive £200,000 for window repairs, Canterbury Cathedral will receive £150,000 for repairs to the north-west transept, and Chichester Cathedral will get £100,000 to replace part of its roof. Portsmouth Cathedral will be able to undertake repairs to its tower and south transept with a grant of £594,783, and Rochester Cathedral will receive £153,000 to repair its roof.

The fund was announced in Budget 2014, and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

Visiting Portsmouth Cathedral which is to receive nearly £600,000.

“Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve. Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago.”

– Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

“The appeal of cathedrals is vast and enduring. Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy.”

– Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

The £20million Cathedral Repairs Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014. Grants will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building. This is the second round of funding allocations and will be followed by one more. The final round will close in January 2015.

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Annual Easter pilgrimage at Cathedral

Hundreds of young people have joined the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Around five hundred children aged under eighteen made their way across East Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service was held.

David Johns reports, speaking to the Most Reverend Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) and French pilgrim Audrey Vanpeperstraete.

Youngsters to take part in Easter Monday pilgrimage

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be joined by around 700 children on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds of young people are expected to join the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.

It is thought around 700 children, aged under 18, will make their way across Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service will be held to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at 12 noon.

It will then be followed by a lively youth-led service, including prayers, workshops and activities.

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Here come the girls. Breaking a thousand years of tradition at Canterbury Cathedral

After more than a millennium of male dominated singing, a new girls choir will perform at Canterbury Cathedral for the first time this weekend.

The female choristers had their final rehearsal last night. And the new choir has been welcomed as an 'exciting addition'.

But the girls won't be performing on exactly the same footing as the boys, as Sarah Saunders reports.

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Girls choir to make their public debut this Saturday

Preparations are under way for Canterbury Cathedral's first ever girls choir first public appearance.

Last night was their final rehearsal, as they will appear at Evensong on Saturday.

It's the first all girls choir for the cathedral in more than a thousand years.

The girls rehearsing earlier this month Credit: Press Association
They are Canterbury Cathedrals first all girls choir in 1000 years Credit: Press Association

Let's hear it for the girls: first rehearsal of Canterbury Cathedral's choir ends 1000 years of male domination

Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir rehearses for the first time with choir director David Newsholme Credit: Press Association

A rehearsal has taken place of the first girls' choir at Canterbury Cathedral after more than thousand years of male-dominated singing.

Their first ever public performance will be later this month.

Sixteen local girls aged between 12 and 16 were selected for the Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir, the first to be assembled under the name of the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Saskia Jamieson-Bibb (left) and Ellen Spurling get to try on their Cassocks

They met, rehearsed and tried on cathedral cassocks for the first time yesterday ahead of their public debut at Evensong on January 25

Being a chorister at the cathedral has historically been an exclusively male preserve but leaders have said introducing a girls' choir would be an "exciting addition"

The girls' first service later this month will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Dyson and Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

The cathedral has a long tradition of choral music and some notable musicians have distinguished themselves there over the years, including Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Mark Elder.

Senior figures at the cathedral said the girls' choir would add to the cathedral's historic choral tradition but exist as a separate entity to the boys.

The girls will initially sing at services when the boy choristers, who are boarders at St Edmund's School, are on their twice-termly breaks.

Girls' choir at Canterbury Cathedral after 900 years

After more than 900 years of male singing, a girls' choir is to finally be introduced at Canterbury Cathedral.

About 20 girls from 12-16-years-old will be chosen from local secondary schools to form the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Voluntary Choir.

It is hoped the choir will be formed by the end of the year, with the first audition taking place on November 23rd at the cathedral.

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Dr Robert Willis said, "A girls' choir will provide a further dimension to the cathedral's worship and be an exciting addition to the cathedrals long history of musical achievement."

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