Girls allowed in church choir for first time in 700 years – The Voice
For the first time in 700 years, a Spalding choir is formed to allow women in.
St Mary and St Nicholas Parish Church has decided it is time for a change and is now allowing women and girls into the choir.
Under the direction of organist and choir director, Nicholas Pitts, the choir has long been considered one of the finest male choirs in the country.
Nick said: “I was often asked why girls weren’t allowed to join the choir and I guess it was really a long standing tradition.
“But in these times of equal opportunity, the Reverend John Bennett and I, with the support of the boys and men of the choir, decided it was time for a change”
Over the years the Spalding Parish Church Choir has sung at many cathedrals including Lincoln, Winchester and Salisbury, as well as St George’s Chapel, Windsor and in 2019 the choir had the honor of singing at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
As the new school term begins, Nicholas invites boys and girls to take on a new challenge to join the choir and meet new friends.
A spokesperson for the choir said: “You don’t have to be religious – it’s all about the singing – and friendship!
“Before becoming famous, many well-known pop stars sang in a choir, including Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry.
“In addition to singing in church on Sundays, there is the added benefit of having a choir.
“Nick and a band of loyal volunteers run the club on Wednesday afternoons between 3-6pm.”
The club involves sports, games, crafts, or time to simply socialize with refreshments.
During school holidays, it offers outings to the sea or swimming and bowling.
There is no charge to join the choir or club – and outings are also completely free.
Boys and girls (ages seven or older) are welcome at the Choir Club, which resumes Wednesday, September 14 between 3-6 p.m. at Vista Hall (next to the church).
Alternatively, for more information, call Nick Pitts on 01775 766081.