For many years, The Portsmouth Grammar School has educated the majority of the choristers at St Thomas’ Cathedral in Old Portsmouth. The Cathedral Choir which is made up of boys from Years 2 to 9 and the Cantate Youth Choir, made up of Senior School girls and boys sing the daily services in the Cathedral in a choral tradition which stretches back over 1,000 years.
The school is delighted to announce, therefore, that PGS has been granted Full Membership of the Choir Schools’ Association of which we have been Associate Members for a number of years.
As a choir school, PGS shares a very special and close relationship with the cathedral; the building is used many times a term for services, assemblies as well as concerts and the cathedral clergy and staff are most generous with giving of their time to support the school in its work. The Gap student programme – set up almost 20 years ago – provides both institutions with a unique opportunity to employ aspiring young vocalists and is another exceptional example of the close collaboration between school and cathedral.
Headmaster, James Priory said, “We are very pleased to become a Full Member of the Choir Schools’ Association as this reflects the fantastic work done by both school and cathedral in promoting and supporting the work of our young choristers.”
Choral Evensong takes place in the cathedral each day (apart from Wednesday) at 18:00 and there are at least two services each Sunday. For further details please visit the Cathedral website by clicking here.