Women can sing in British Canterbury Cathedral at last

This video from England is called Canterbury cathedral’s first girls choir to make debut.

From the Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Canterbury Cathedral‘s girls’ choir to break 1,000 years of all-male tradition

Tonight a 900-year tradition of male-only choirs at Canterbury Cathedral will come to an end, when the brand-new Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir makes its debut at Sung Evensong

11:09AM GMT 25 Jan 2014

One of Britain’s most ancient cathedrals will put an end to more than a thousand years of all-male tradition today, when a girls’ choir is due to make its debut.

Canterbury Cathedral has had various forms of sung worship since it was founded towards the end of the Dark Ages, back in the sixth century.

But the singers have always been male.

All that will change when the voices of 16 schoolgirls will soar towards the cathedral’s vaulted ceiling on Saturday.

The girls, aged between 12 and 16, were chosen after rigorous auditions led by choirmaster David Newsholme.

“They all wanted the opportunity to sing in this magnificent building,” he said. “They felt rightly that this was going to be an historic event and they wanted to be a part of that.”

Unlike members of the boys’ choir, who live at the cathedral and rehearse every day, the girls come together just once a week.

Canterbury is not the first British cathedral to have a girls’ choir – others took the lead some 20 years ago – but the move has special resonance as Canterbury is the mother church of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican community.

It is also another sign of change in an institution that’s struggling to achieve consensus on the divisive issues of female bishops and gay clergy.

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