In a special service that was held last Sunday at Tewkesbury Abbey, four members of the Dean Close Preparatory School Schola Cantorum were made up to full choristers. The ceremony that marks this occasion is called ‘surplicing’ because pupils are given their surplices (the white garment that they wear over their black cassock) and admitted into the choir by the Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey. Pupils first join the Schola Cantorum as probationers, which means they attend all the rehearsals and Evensong once a week. Over the course of a year they have music theory and singing lessons to enable them to learn the Choral Evensong repertoire, until they are ready to be admitted as full choristers.

Congratulations to all four pupils for working so hard to become full choristers.