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