Royal Grammar School


My chorister journey

My chorister journey

Year 6 student Amelia Lewis is a chorister and was recently chosen to perform at a special concert in St Paul's Cathedral. Here she tells us about her experience.

'After weeks of preparation and training at my home cathedral (which is St Nicholas' in Newcastle), it was time to make the journey to London to sing in a landmark concert which celebrated 60 years of Friends of Cathedral Music. 

'The concert involved choristers from every cathedral in the UK and I was very privileged to be chosen for St Nicholas'. We would all be singing together alongside the choristers from St Paul's - the first time this had ever happened.

'On the afternoon we arrived, all the choristers met for the first time and we rehearsed for several hours. It was hard work, but great to hear everyone sing together and to get to know everyone, sharing our stories and experiences.

'On the day of the concert we all headed to St Paul's early afternoon to rehearse. I was in awe as we walked into the cathedral - it's just amazing. After rehearsing all afternoon we were allowed to climb up to the top of the dome where we took in the spectacular views of London.

'As I walked out to perform, I saw a sea of people - over 2500 people came to hear us sing, including the Duchess of Gloucester. Aled Jones introduced us to the audience and Alexander Armstrong also spoke about his experience as a chorister. 

'I really enjoyed singing in the concert and the acoustics of St Paul's made the sound spectacular. We ended the concert to a standing ovation, which was just a magical - something I'll never forget.

'There was no rest for me as I returned to Newcastle and got straight into rehearsals for another concert. Northumbria University were performing Gabriel Faure's Requiem and Schubert's Mass and asked if I would perform the soprano solo, Pie Jesu. 

'This was a great opportunity for me and an incredible honour to be performing alongside established soloists.'

Amelia Lewis