Congratulations Willow!


Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir member is awarded a prestigious scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that Willow Burden, a long term member of Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir, has received a prestigious scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire.

Willow said;

“I am incredibly proud to be a member of the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir. Throughout the four years I have sung with the choir, I have been presented with many wonderful opportunities, including a choir tour to Sweden, participating in The Three Choirs Festival and the privilege of singing in Buckingham Palace, in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales. Through the choir I have received a free education in choral singing, which has provided me with the training and ability to receive a substantial scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire, starting in September 2017. I will be joining the conservatoire as they open their newly developed campus. I am looking forward with excitement to the opportunities that will be presented to me, to continue with my music education and to eventually become a professional singer. None of this would have been possible without the support of the music department of the Cathedral.”

All at Gloucester Cathedral are sorry to say goodbye to Willow who has been an outstanding member of the Cathedral Youth Choir and wish her the very best of luck for the bright future she has ahead.

Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir was founded in 1999 and is made up of talented young singers aged 13-19 from schools and colleges all around Gloucestershire. The choir meets twice a week during school term to rehearse after school on a Monday and Thursday, and sings Evensong every Thursday. They also participate at other major services during the Church year, including Christmas Midnight Mass, the vigil on Easter eve, Ordinations and Carol Services.

The choir sings a wide range of music that includes spirituals, folksongs and other secular music alongside the more traditional Anglican repertoire.

Away from the Cathedral, the Youth Choir has a varied programme of concerts, tours and social events. In February 2012 they travelled to Sweden on an exchange visit with the Youth Choir of Västerås Cathedral and hosted the return visit to Gloucester in 2015. They also took part in a joint Evensong with the Chapel Choir of Merton College, Oxford. 

Members of the Youth choir enjoy the following benefits:

•        Free musical training during rehearsals with the Cathedral music staff

•        The chance to meet new friends and share your love of singing

•        The opportunity to sing in one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world every week

•        The chance to go on concert trips and overseas tours with the Choir

If you would like to know more about joining Gloucester Cathedral’s Youth Choir visit or email

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