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Chichester Cathedral Welcomes New Organist and Master of The Choristers, Head and Senior Choristers, Lay Vicar and Organ Scholar (posted 18 September 2014)

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Chichester Cathedral welcomes new Organist and Master of the Choristers, Head and Senior Choristers, Lay Vicar and Organ Scholar.

Charles Harrison
Charles Harrison

On Sunday 14th September the Cathedral Community were delighted to formally welcome Charles Harrison to the office of Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral.  Charles comes to Chichester having been Assistant Director of Music at Lincoln Cathedral for the past ten years and was admitted to Chichester by the Acting Dean, Canon Tim Schofield, during the Sung Eucharist on Sunday.

Charles' first duty was to then present Peter Hamlyn with the badge of Head Chorister and Hugh Mitchell with the badge of Senior Chorister.  The choristers are all educated at the Prebendal School where they start as 'probationers' in Year 3 or 4, rising to the role of chorister after one year.  Also during this special service, Alfred Day-Hall and Dominic Harry were welcomed as new choristers.

Chichester Cathedral's choir is comprised of eighteen trebles and six lay vicars.  The lay vicars are all professional singers who live in or near the Cathedral Close.  The Acting Dean was delighted to admit Thomas Castle as a new lay vicar during the same service.

In addition to these new faces, each year the Dean & Chapter appoint an Organ Scholar, who works under the direction of the Organist.  This year Tomek Pieczora has the role and he was also welcomed to the Cathedral.

Any boy with a love of singing can apply to join the choir - the Cathedral fundraises constantly to provide a generous bursary system that ensures this opportunity is available to boys from any financial means.  Click here to find out more.

The next Chorister Open Day will be held on Saturday 11th October.  Click here to find out more.

Chichester's 900 year old Cathedral has an unbroken choral tradition and music is at the heart of the Cathedral's worship.  The choir sing Evensong daily at 5.30pm (except Wednesdays) during term time and anyone is welcome to come along.  Click here to find out more about the music department.

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