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December 18, 2012

Cathedral has all-female choir for first time in 1,437 year history

Wales Online:

A Welsh cathedral has an all-girl choir for the first time in its 1,437-year history. The 14 girls – aged seven to 17 – are the first female singers to lead services at Bangor Cathedral since it was established in the sixth century.

The cathedral has this Christmas broken with its ancient tradition going back to 575AD of only allowing boys and men to sing.

The dean of Bangor, the Very Rev Dr Sue Jones, said the all-girls choir was her idea. She said: “I saw it as my mission to try to encourage and bring girls into the worshiping life of the cathedral.

“There is a problem getting boys to join the cathedral choir. I think it’s not cool in society for boys to be part of a choral tradition. After 1,437 years, this marks the beginning of a new part of our choral tradition here. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 18, 2012 12:00 AM