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St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds allows girls to join choir as first post-lockdown meetings begin





Choirs are once again singing inside St Edmundsbury Cathedral, with girls for the first time joining the ensemble.

After meeting almost exclusively over Zoom for the past year, Cathedral Dean, the Very Reverend Joe Hawes, was keen to welcome them back.

William Saunders, music advisor, added: "We are so proud of these youngsters who through determination and hard work are able to augment worship with the skill of their voices."

The choir is now meeting but congregational singing is not yet allowed in places of worship under rules.
The choir is now meeting but congregational singing is not yet allowed in places of worship under rules.

Recruitment began for the girls began last year.

The timing meant that all auditions and rehearsals had to take place virtually.

There are now 12 girls in the choir, joining ten boys and the ladies and gentlemen of the choir, known as lay clerks.

The choir sing at choral services on weekends and mid-week.

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