Seven-year-old Oliver Powell is a member of Byrd Song, a choir aimed at giving children ages six to eight a taste of choral life.
Oliver, who attends Badsworth Church of England J&I School, has always loved singing, and when the opportunity to join a newly formed ‘pre-choir’ arose it seemed like the perfect match.
Oliver’s brother Rhys, 11, also joined the Cathedral Choir earlier this year.
Oliver said: “I was a little nervous at first but I really like it now, I still get used to wearing my dress but I really like to sing.”
Mum Emma Powell, who was herself a former member of the church choir, said: “I am incredibly proud of my two boys for taking on the challenge of singing at Wakefield Cathedral.
“It really is a unique experience and one that I have seen Rhys thrive in for the past six months.
“When we first heard about forming an introductory choir, Oliver didn’t need to convince himself that it suited him and he did so well in those first two months.”
Dr Ed Jones, Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral added: “The world of the Cathedral Choir may seem like an alien land to many children, but for those who wish to give it a try, test the waters and see if it is. good for them, they receive some of the greatest rewards they could ask for.
Places are still available for boys and girls to join “Byrd Song” (school years 2-4, Saturday morning meeting 9:30 to 10:30) and the Cathedral Choir (school years 4-9), all of which are two free to join without the costs associated with membership at all.
To learn more about any of these opportunities, contact Dr Ed Jones on 01924 373923, by email [email protected] or visit wakefieldcathedral.org.uk