A new Girls’ Choir is already enchanting parishioners and visitors to services at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.
And if you can’t get to the Cathedral, you can enjoy the music of the choir when the 10.15am service is broadcast by BBC Radio Ulster on Easter Sunday.
The choir, formed by Master of the Choristers David Stevens, is made up of 14 girls aged 10–18 from a number of local schools.
The girls rehearse every Monday and Wednesday, and sing at Evensong every Wednesday at 5.30pm and at the 11am and 3.30pn Sunday Services every other weekend.
David said: “It is a big commitment but they seem to enjoy it. They are paid a small wage and get weekly singing lessons with Catherine Harper. Catherine is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and also a well respected performer.”
The choir has also been recorded by the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, who will play the recording of “All People that on Earth do dwell” as part of the soundtrack in the background to create a realistic atmosphere in the old Meeting House at the Cultra museum.
David said the Easter Sunday service would be a big event for the girls.
“They are a newly formed group so getting ready for this service is a big challenge for them, but they are doing a very good job and I am very pleased with them,” said David.
“Our new step is getting a Boys’ Choir established and continuing to make the Cathedral a more musical place in terms of services and other musical activities.”