Bridlington Priory has a long musical tradition. In 1450, a Choir School was established at the Priory for ‘twelve quarasters and a maister’ to teach them both grammar and song. Today the Priory’s musical tradition is continued to a high standard with separate boys’ and girls’ choirs who, along with the about sixteen adults, sing under the direction of Paul Dewhurst. Boys and girls are recruited from local schools and show their commitment by practising regularly during school term times.
The choirs sing for the morning and evening services each Sunday and provides music at a number of special services throughout the year and at the popular Christmas concert ‘Brass and Voices’. The choir’s repertoire is extensive and includes music from the 16th century to the present day.
Over the years a number of CD recordings and broadcasts have been made. There is an annual Choir Camp, which may be combined with a visit to sing in a cathedral or another major church and every few years the Choir makes a visit to Bad Salzuflen, Bridlington’s German twin town, where it is very well-received.
Joining the Bridlington Priory Choir
We are always on the lookout for new recruits to the choir. Enquiries are welcome from boys in year 3 and above and girls in year 5 and above. We are also always keen to hear from adult singers.
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Junior choir for ages 5-8 years. Starts 15th May 2023 (Mondays 4pm – 4:45pm in the Bridlington Priory Church Rooms). Join us for fun songs and games!
Numbers for this choir are strictly limited. For further details and to book your child’s place, please contact Paul Dewhurst (email@example.com, tel: 01262 371 258).
The long musical tradition of Bridlington Priory dates back to 1450 when a Choir School was established, under the patronage of King Henry IV, for the education of twelve boys. Today this living tradition is continued by a choir of boys, girls and adults.
The benefits of singing are well-documented. Music stimulates the same areas of the brain used in numeracy and literacy. As a group activity, choral singing influences not only the mental but also the behavioural and emotional development of the child. Reading, social and organisational skills are enhanced through the membership of a choir, as well as promoting a child’s general well-being and happiness.