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“We were delighted with the large number of children who took part in the workshop. Although most of the children lived locally, some had travelled from London, Stoke, Derbyshire and Gloucester. “The children listened intently and quickly picked up the music and the technique of how to sing a Psalm, which is not easy.”In addition to vocal training, the day included art workshops and sports activities and the chance to quiz the current choristers about life in the Cathedral Close. Parents were invited to join the children at the Evensong service. Joint musical director Cathy Lamb added:
“Singing is good for you in so many ways – for learning, for well-being and for personal development. We hope that this day gave the children a taste of how important singing is and also how much fun it can be.”Ben maintains that a boy who becomes a member of Lichfield Cathedral Choir benefits from training and an experience that is without parallel. He explained:
“The choristers have the opportunity to sing some of the finest and most uplifting music ever written for the human voice. This ranges from music dating from 900AD to the present day, written in Latin, German, Italian, French, Catalan and English. These boys are highly trained professionals. Nowhere else would you see children performing alongside adults in an ensemble – imagine a boy of seven playing in a professional symphony orchestra. “It is hard work and the boys need to be resilient, but the reward is to be part of this very special musical experience which will have a lasting influence well beyond their time here. “As a former chorister myself, I know that I learned more about music between the ages of eight and 12 than I did for the next ten years. I have played the Jazz Café in London, conducted a professional orchestra and toured the world, all due to my years as a chorister.”