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The Yorkshire Cathedral Choir Festival - Postponed

1 October 2021

This event has been postponed, apologies for any incovenience.

The choirs of Ripon Cathedral continue over 1300 years of musical heritage dating back to when St Wilfrid introduced a choir from Canterbury Cathedral in the 7th century.

Music continues to be one of the crowning glories, not just of Ripon Cathedral, but of our sister cathedrals of Wakefield and Bradford, in the Diocese of Leeds.

We are delighted then, to host the choristers and lay clerks (adult singers) of Bradford and Wakefield, who will join Ripon Cathedral Choir for the beautiful and uplifting service of choral evensong on Saturday October 9 at 5.30pm. The Yorkshire Cathedrals Festival returns after missing a year in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Directed by Ripon’s Interim Director of Music Peter Wright and accompanied by the dramatic notes of the historic organ, the joint choir will sing Let all the world (Vaughan Williams)and The Lord bless you and keep you (John Rutter) as well as the hymn Angel Voices Ever Singing. The setting of the canticles will be Brewer in D

Today, the musical tradition at Ripon continues to evolve to ensure a high standard of music and provide a fulfilling and life-changing experience for boys and girls who choose to sing with us. If you are interested in finding out more about joining one of our choirs, which include a junior choir and a youth choir, visit www.riponcathedral.org.uk

Likewise, Wakefield Cathedral is proud to have recently launched ‘Byrd Song’, a new group aimed at six to eight-year-olds who have a keen interest in singing, giving them the chance to explore the world of cathedral choirs at sessions taking place on Saturday mornings, 09:30-10:30. This group will give children a taster of choir life and provide memorable experiences and opportunities for the choir boys and girls of tomorrow. To find out more about joining Byrd Song or Wakefield Cathedral Choir please click here.

A spokesperson for Bradford Cathedral commented: "Bradford Cathedral Choir is delighted to be singing alongside the choirs of our sister cathedrals, Ripon and Wakefield. It is exciting to be back singing in such an amazing space. We are currently looking to recruit primary age children to be our next generation of boy and girl choristers. We are also looking for new members of 'Grace Notes', our un-auditioned Community Choir for Children. To find out more please email our director of music, Alex.Berry@bradfordcathedral.org

"For more information about Bradford Cathedral Choir, including when you can hear evensong and other services and events with the choir, please visit bradfordcathedral.org or search for 'Bradford Cathedral' on social media."

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