The King’s School, Gloucester and Gloucester Cathedral will soon offer choral scholarships to girls for the first time.
For 478 years, boy choristers have been educated exclusively at King’s, with each boy receiving a choral scholarship towards their school fees.
The Girl Choristers were established in 2016; they sing weekly at Evensong and contribute to other services throughout the year.
From 2021, all 16 Girl Choristers will be offered a choral scholarship, with additional bursary support also available. Chorister duties will be shared equally between boys and girls.
Headmaster of The King’s School, David Morton, said: “2019 sees the celebration of 50 years of co-education at King’s, so it is fitting that we will this year announce total equality of opportunity for both boys and girls in the cathedral choir.
2019 sees the celebration of 50 years of co-education at King’s, so it is fitting that we will this year announce total equality of opportunity for both boys and girls in the cathedral choir
“King’s has always been rooted at the heart of the city of Gloucester and it is my aim to ensure that more children than ever before from the local area are able to access a King’s education.
“The new scholarships and bursaries will mean that gifted young singers from the local area will be able to join King’s and make the most of the opportunities that the school presents to its pupils.”
Singing auditions will take place on 26 February 2020 for girls and 28 February 2020 for boys. An open day to experience being a chorister will also be held on 26 September 2020.