Canterbury Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir, formed in 2014, sings at Evensong in the Cathedral twice every month, frequently with the lay clerks. The majority of the girls attend local schools in Canterbury and they rehearse each Wednesday evening. Their first performance at Evensong, on the occasion of the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, in January, was attended by more than 600 people and widely covered by the international press.
The Girls’ Choir has already performed at events of significance in the Cathedral. These include the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests and the consecration service of the Bishop of Europe. More recently they sang at a service of dedication and unveiling of two royal statues, attended by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, and the consecration service for the first female diocesan bishop.
The Men of Canterbury Cathedral Choir, known as Lay Clerks, are professionally-trained adult singers who perform at Evensong in the Cathedral on a daily basis. Lay Clerks show great commitment to fit their singing duties around their full-time careers, pursued elsewhere and in a variety of fields.