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Choir returns to perform at Norwich Cathedral for first time in six months

PUBLISHED: 21:57 13 September 2020 | UPDATED: 21:57 13 September 2020

Choristers return to Norwich Cathedral, conducted by Master of Music Ashley Grote. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

Choristers return to Norwich Cathedral, conducted by Master of Music Ashley Grote. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

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Members of the choir at Norwich Cathedral have performed in its first sung eucharist for six months.

Choristers return to Norwich Cathedral, conducted by Master of Music Ashley Grote. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill SmithChoristers return to Norwich Cathedral, conducted by Master of Music Ashley Grote. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

Choir members recently returned for rehearsals and performed for the first time in months at the service on Sunday (September 13).

Since the resumption of public worship in July, services have been held without singing, until the government’s latest guidance now allows cathedral choirs to sing but not the congregation.

The Rev Canon Aidan Platten, Canon Precentor at Norwich Cathedral, said: “Singing has been at the heart of worship in Norwich Cathedral since its foundation when the monks chanted their services.

“Worship is always supposed to give a glimpse through the gates of heaven; those open gates seem to be open even wider when our prayers are lifted heavenward by the voices of our choir.”

Choristers return to Norwich Cathedral, conducted by Master of Music Ashley Grote. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill SmithChoristers return to Norwich Cathedral, conducted by Master of Music Ashley Grote. Picture: Norwich Cathedral/Bill Smith

Choirs are currently not performing in the traditional choir stalls, but in the nave to allow for social distancing.


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