Calling all choir alumni: Bradford Cathedral to mark the 30th anniversary of their girls’ choir with Evensong reunion

The Bradford Cathedral Music Department is calling on anyone who has sung in one of their choirs to sing once more at a special Evensong in June – with everyone else welcome to join the congregation.

Some members of the current Bradford Cathedral choir

Thirty years ago – on Mothering Sunday 1992 – the then newly formed Bradford Cathedral girls’ choir sang for the first time at a service, and to mark this anniversary, the Cathedral will be holding a very special Evensong on Sunday 26th June at 3:30pm.

Ahead of this service, Bradford Cathedral is looking for anyone who has ever sung in any of their choirs to come along to the service, either to sing in the service or to join the congregation, and to bring along their families. Anyone who has never sung in the choir is also welcome to attend, to experience the beauty of Choral Evensong.

Evensong is a sung evening service, which follows a pattern from 1662. The choir leads the worship, singing psalms, canticles and hymns on behalf of the congregation.

The date for this special service was chosen as it marks the Cathedral’s Patronal Festival: the day in the Christian calendar dedicated to the particular saint – in this case Saint Peter – that a church is named after.

The Evensong takes place at 3:30pm on the day and will be preceded by registration at 1:30pm and a rehearsal at 2pm, with cakes, refreshments and photo opportunities to follow afterwards.

Alexander Berry, Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, says:
“It’s a little-known fact that here in Bradford we have the second oldest cathedral girls’ choir in the country. It is a great privilege to work with our eighteen girl choristers week in, week out, and they play such an important role in the civic and worshipping life of our city.

“It will be a great pleasure to welcome back former girl choristers and other choir members to Bradford Cathedral for this important celebration.

“So, if you were once a chorister or a choir member at Bradford Cathedral, we’d love to welcome you back. If you are in touch with someone who once sang at the Cathedral, please let them know about this event. And even if you’ve never been in the choir, we’d love you to join us for what promises to be a magnificent Evensong”.

Alongside the service there will be displays of archive material and photos, and the chance for photographs at the drinks reception that follows.

Those looking to attend the event – whether that’s to sing, or to join the congregation – can book using a form on the Bradford Cathedral website. Sheet music will be provided ahead of the service to those singing.

For more information about the event and to book your place, please visit https://bradfordcathedral.org/music/girls-choir-30th-anniversary/

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