Over the last couple of months, George Richford, our Director of Music, has heard over 2500 boys and girls sing to him in assemblies, held over 48 auditions with hopeful boys and girls, and offered positions to several new boys (we have a waiting list for girl choristers). George says, ‘The talent I have heard exceeds that of two cathedrals that I have worked in and is of a standard I have not seen before. The potential is enormous.’ As our final recruitment event this term, between 1:30 and 3:30pm this Sunday (13 March), we are inviting local boys and girls to Be a chorister for an afternoon. Boys and girls will doMore »

December brings yuletide treats both new and familiar. Highlights include the first outing for the girls and men of the Magnificat from the Gloucester Service by Herbert Howells. It begins with a beautiful soprano melody and, after dramatic choral writing in the central sections, the Gloria fades out and floats away into the heavens. On Christmas Eve is yet another Abbey first: the Missa ad Præsepe, or Mass at the Crib, by George Malcolm. It’s a beautiful work that evokes rustic pipers in places and perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas. Away from the choir stalls, we’re looking forward to taking part in the annual George’s Trust Christmas concert. Not onlyMore »