Octavia Dawson and Annenora Benians have attained a remarkable musical achievement by securing two out of only four highly sought after places in Salisbury Cathedral’s world famous Girls’ Choir.
Octavia Dawson attends Dallington Primary School and Annenora Benians attends Cross-in-Hand Primary School are both eight and members of the Parish Church Choir at St Dunstan’s Mayfield, which has a long-established choral tradition.
They recently attended voice trials at the Cathedral during which they sang a piece of music to the Cathedral’s Precentor and Director of Music, undertook an instrumental audition and completed an academic assessment.
Andrew Benians, Director of Music at St Dunstan’s said:
“Both girls have worked extremely hard to get into Salisbury and are to be thoroughly applauded for their achievement. They have been extremely loyal and committed members of the junior choir and though we will be sorry to see them move on from St Dunstan’s, an extraordinary musical journey awaits them at Salisbury and we are all delighted for them.
“Their departure is September will leave something of a gap and we would welcome interest from both boys and girls from the age of six who have a love of singing”.
Salisbury Cathedral made history in 1991 by becoming the first English Cathedral to form a separate and independent foundation for girl choristers and the few candidates who are successful in gaining a place in the Cathedral Choir can look forward to singing the daily choral services at the Cathedral together with other commitments such as concerts, BBC broadcasts, CD recordings and overseas choir tours.