Richard III: Can you sing for the king? Leicester cathedral in choir appeal
Have you got a singing voice fit for royalty? Then Leicester Cathedral Choir needs you.
Musical director Chris Johns is looking for children and teenagers to join the cathedral's youth singing group for the chance to perform at the reinterment of King Richard III.
He is looking for enthusiastic singers to join the choir, which will play a "central and very important" role at the ceremony marking the reburial of the monarch.
Plans are still being made, but it is likely the chosen girls and boys will sing at the reburial, as well as a number of other high-profile events.
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Chris said he was looking for singers aged between seven and 18 who are enthusiastic about Richard III.
"What I'm looking for is people who enjoy singing and are willing to put in the work," he said.
"Rehearsals are twice a week after school and members sing at about two or three Sunday services a month.
"This is not a separate choir we are recruiting for and while we cannot make any promises, it is likely that people who join will be singing at the events surrounding Richard III. It will probably be the biggest gig we have ever done and are likely to ever do."
A spokeswoman for the cathedral said: "The auditions are to join the choir so we can prepare to get people ready, and then people will be chosen to perform nearer the time.
"We need to get the choir ready – they may end up performing in front of royals.
"You don't have to have been in a choir before – this is open to people who have enthusiasm and commitment.
Being in the choir is great fun. I've seen Chris teaching them and they seem to have a whale of a time."
The reinterment and events surrounding it are still being arranged and the songs to be sung by the choir have not yet been chosen.
"They will probably be singing a great range of different kinds of music," the cathedral spokeswoman said.
"It will be reflective of Richard's time and our time.
"There will probably be a number of events and the choir will have a crucial role to play.
"The services haven't been planned yet, the music hasn't been planned yet, and while we do not know what the mood will be yet, I can say it will be dignified and the music will be fit for a king. It will be not be dreary."
Auditions take place on Saturday, March 9.
Once chosen for the choir, singers will be expected to attend regular rehearsals and services, as well as extra practices for important performances.
The adult choir is also open to new members, but is of a semi-professional standard.
If you want to book an audition slot or need more information, call Chris on 0116 261 5374 or 07982 444087, or e-mail: