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WORCESTER CATHEDRAL VOLUNTARY CHOIR

Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir will depart on an historic tour to Magdeburg, Germany on 2 June to visit Worcester’s twin cathedral. The choir has toured abroad many times, but this is the furthest afield that it has travelled, and the first time that it has taken to the skies. Once there, the choir will sing Choral Evensong as part of the cathedral’s ¬week-long Domfestspiele¸ and it will also sing in a service on Sunday morning with a string ensemble. Whilst in residence, the choir will have time for socialising and fun-filled activities, including sight-seeing and a boat trip on the River Elbe.
Choirmaster, Mr Justin Miller says, “The tour will be an unforgettable experience for the choir. It is a great opportunity for fun and singing in a breathtakingly beautiful cathedral. For some it will even be their first time on a plane. We look forward to representing our city and diocese musically, and nurturing our important relationship with the community in Magdeburg.”

Worcester is unique among British cathedrals in having the only remaining voluntary choir of boys and gentlemen. The boys, who receive free musical tuition, range in age from 7 to 14 and come from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds. The men similarly travel from all corners of Worcestershire and beyond, and range from teenagers to long-serving and experienced singers.
The boys rehearse on Tuesdays (6.30-7.30pm) and Fridays (7-8.30pm), and the gentlemen join them on Fridays from 7.30 to 8.50pm. The choir normally sings the 6.30pm Sunday service, and occasionally sings at special services and concerts, often with the Cathedral Choir, and sometimes with orchestras.

Over the course of its 141-year existence the Voluntary Choir has travelled to Belgium, Paris, London, and most recently at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Tours are open to every member, and there are numerous fundraising efforts to provide bursaries towards tour costs.
The choir will be holding an open evening for prospective boys on Tuesday 21 June from 6:00pm-7.30pm. The boys will have be provided with supper and will have the opportunity to ‘Be a chorister for the evening,’ and sing with the current choristers, and parents will have a chance to talk to current choir parents about the choir. No previous experience is necessary. For more information or to register interest, please contact the choirmaster, Justin Miller (Cathedral Sub-Assistant Organist) at any time on 01905 732918 or at justinmiller@worcestercathedral.org.uk.
The choir also holds informal auditions on an individual basis for teenagers and gentlemen who may like to join the back row. To see their publicity video, released last year, please visit http://worcestercathedral.co.uk/Cathedral_on_Film.php.