Come and sing with young chorister Grace

Grace Henry from Thropton. Picture by Durham Cathedral credits.
Grace Henry from Thropton. Picture by Durham Cathedral credits.

A Thropton girl is hoping to inspire more children to follow in her footsteps as she sings in an out-and-about session with Durham Cathedral’s Choristers.

Grace Henry joined the famous Durham Cathedral Choir in September last year, having herself taken part in a previous Come and Sing Day at Rothbury’s All Saints Church.

And now the nine-year-old is returning, this time as a chorister, as part of a programme to give other youngsters the chance to sing with the Cathedral Choir and see if it’s something they may like to try out for themselves.

She will be singing at the Come and Sing day at All Saints tomorrow.

The event is aimed at children aged six to 10 and runs from 2pm to 4.30pm with the final half-hour held as a short service, which friends and family are welcome to attend.

Grace said: “It will be funny coming back to All Saints because this is where I first came to sing with the choristers.

“I was a little nervous about the Come and Sing Day because I didn’t know if I would fit in and get all the notes right.

“But when I got here, I realised it didn’t matter, it was for fun and everybody was so lovely.

“Straight away after that day, I knew that I wanted to be a chorister at the Cathedral and I convinced my mum to let me go to the next Come and Sing event at the Cathedral itself, which was much bigger and a lot of fun singing in such a wonderful building.”

The Come and Sing day follows a series of outreach sessions where Mr James Randle, the Cathedral’s director of music outreach has worked with pupils in the classroom to share best practice and offer unique opportunities to the children involved.

A further Come and Sing day is being held on Saturday, May 2, from 2pm to 6pm, at Durham Cathedral.

If you would like to register your child to take part in any of these opportunities, send an email to music@durham or call 0191 3864266.