Sports tournament for choristers takes place in Durham

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CHORISTERS from around the country converged on Durham City for a sports day and to sing in the cathedral.

About 180 girls and boys took part in the event organised by The Chorister School, Durham.

Pupils from schools across the country competing in the Girl Choristers Rounders Tournament at The Chorister school in Durham.

Pupils from schools across the country competing in the Girl Choristers Rounders Tournament at The Chorister school in Durham.

Girls played a rounders tournament on the school’s field, at Quarryheads Lane. The boys played football in Soccarena, at Belmont.

All the choristers came together for evensong in the cathedral.

Chorister School headteacher Yvette Day said: “We have choir schools here representing cathedrals as far apart as Liverpool, Lincoln and Edinburgh.

“I think this must be one of the largest events of its kind.

“Choral schools in the south are much closer together, which makes attendance in one place easier.

“We are truly delighted so many schools chose to come to our event.

“There is such a long tradition of choral music in this country, and events such as this show that tradition is still going strong.

“It also shows the boys and girls who sing are just like other children, and enjoy their sport as much as their singing.”

Choristers came from Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Lincoln Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, Manchester Cathedral, Newcastle Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, Southwell Minster, St Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton, and York Minster. At evensong they sang challenging pieces including God is Ascended, by Kenneth Leighton.

The service was also an opportunity for the presentation of the trophies from the sports tournaments earlier in the day.