English Boy Choir Costumes: St. Paul's Cathedral


Figure 1.--The choristers of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London are lined up on the cathedral steps to sing a hymn of greeting to the new Lord Mayor. This happens every November during the Lord Mayor's Show.

St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous in Britain. The Cathedral in London, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century, is one of the largest Protestant churches. The Cathdral had one of the most imposing domes ever built. A photograpg of that dome stanfing defiantly through the flames and smoke will for ever be rembered as a symbol of Britain's desperate defiance to the NAZIs during the 1940s Blitz. St. Paul's has a boarding and day prep school for boys from 7-13 years of age. Boys compete for places in the choir at periodic chorister voice trials. The stimulating cathedral choral training offers the choristers a unique opportunity to participate in the rich musical life of St Paul's and the City of London. The Chor invites boys, "Come and experience being a chorister for a day! Any boy aged 6 - 9 with an interest in singing can come along, rehearse then sing during evensong. There are two school orchestras. Ensembles. Most boys play one instrument, some play two. The chorister boarders are housed on the school site. Boarders and day pupils are fully integrated for all school activities.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous in Britain. The location was the site of a 13th century church badly damaged in the great fire of London (1666). The Cathedral is located in London at the head of Ludgate Hill. It is the masterwork of Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century. It was built during 1675-1710. Wren at first designed the cathedral in the form of a Greek cross, but later modified it to accomodate the long nave and choir used for traditional medieval cathedrals. St. Paul's is one of the largest Protestant churches in the world. The Cathdral had one of the most imposing domes ever built. A photograpg of that dome stanfing defiantly through the flames and smoke will for ever be rembered as a symbol of Britain's desperate defiance to the NAZIs during the 1940s Blitz. Many of the great men of England, including Nelson and Wellinton are buried there.

School

St. Paul's has a boarding and day prep school for boys from 7-13 years of age. There is also a co-educational pre-prep school for children 4-7 years of age. The school offers a broad curriculum leading to scholarship and Common Entrance examinations for both choristers and day pupils.

The Choir

Boys compete for places in the choir at periodic chorister voice trials. The stimulating cathedral choral training offers the choristers a unique opportunity to participate in the rich musical life of St Paul's and the City of London. The Chor invites boys, "Come and experience being a chorister for a day! Any boy aged 6 - 9 with an interest in singing can come along, rehearse then sing during evensong. There will be a tour of the boarding house, school, organ loft, dome etc, plus a chance for children to find out what life is really like for some of the nation's busiest choristers. Here we see the costume that the boys wear for their performances. The costume includes ruffs, dark red or maroon cassoks and a while surplice. A HBC reader during a tour of British choirs writes, "The choristers at St. Paul's wear ruffs. They were made of paper, and looked rather cheap, not neat at all."

Orchestras

There are two school orchestras. Ensembles. Most boys play one instrument, some play two. The chorister boarders are housed on the school site. Boarders and day pupils are fully integrated for all school activities.







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