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Lichfield Cathedral chorister chosen to help Aled Jones record new album

A young chorister from Lichfield Cathedral was one of 75 vocalists selected to record an album of choral performances with Welsh singer Aled Jones.

Eilidh Owen

Eilidh Owen

Eilidh Owen, 13, was originally chosen to represent the cathedral at the Jubilate: 500 Years of Cathedral Music concert, held at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral in May 2016.

Following the success, the choristers were invited back to record four tracks for an album.

Eilidh said: “I feel very privileged to have been chosen to represent Lichfield Cathedral at St Paul’s and was really excited and intrigued ahead of the recording.

“Aled talked to us all about his experiences as a chorister at Bangor Cathedral and I found him very nice and down-to-earth. I enjoyed all the aspects of the day including singing, meeting Aled Jones and lots of people with the same interests, and learning about all the other different traditions from other cathedrals across the country.

“I’ve never done anything on this scale before, so it was a wonderful experience and I have kept in touch with the people I met from other cathedrals.”

Eilidh Owen

Eilidh Owen

Eilidh practices regularly as part of her role at Lichfield Cathedral.

She said: “I’ve been a chorister for about four years now and I decided to take up singing because my mum sings and is a singing teacher at my school, Lichfield Cathedral School.

“Being a girl chorister involves rehearsals three times a week before school, as well as Evensong each Wednesday evening and cathedral services approximately every third Sunday during term.

The Jubilate: 500 Years of Cathedral Music album was released by Decca Classics and Classic FM and features tunes by Handel, Rutter and Parry. It is available now online.

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