Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH CHORISTER RECORDS WITH ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL FOR CLASSIC FM

A junior member of Sedbergh School Chapel Choir, Amelia Horan, 14, from Ripon, represented Ripon Cathedral at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Fund concert and Classic FM recording.

Amelia, 14, who attends Sedbergh School with her elder brother James, an organ scholar, is an accomplished chorister and was chosen to represent Ripon Cathedral at St. Paul’s Cathedral to sing with one chorister from every Cathedral in the country, including all of the St. Paul’s choristers.

The concert was the Diamond Fund concert, raising money to support the continuation of English choral music. In November Amelia won a place on the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. 

Amelia says, “A year later, for Christmas, we were invited back to make a recording of three pieces, ‘Zadok the Priest’ by Handle, ‘I Was Glad’ by Parry, and John Rutter’s ‘A Gaelic Blessing’. It was an incredible experience and the first of its kind.

We were rehearsing for four hours and had to re-take the recording countless times. St.Paul’s is an incredible cathedral to sing in. Classic FM will be publicising it around Easter time and we are now known as the Cathedral Choristers of Britain. I think more events like this will be organised.”

Choral Director at Sedbergh School John Seymour said: “Amelia is an outstanding young talent in prospect and has made a wonderful contribution to the Chapel Choir since joining Sedbergh School in September.

She combines natural musicianship with good technique and a joyful and enthusiastic approach to singing. I’m delighted that she has achieved this accolade and recognition at a national level.”

Sedbergh School has a rich choral singing tradition. It was founded as a Singing School in the 16th Century and to this day, singing is a fundamental part of Sedbergh life.

Music Scholarships at Sedbergh School take place on 23rd and 24th February depending on year group. Please email admissions@sedberghschool.org or call 015396 20535. Follow @sedberghmusic for regular news from our music department.

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