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Daniel and Louise's Stories

I have been in the Voluntary Choir for a year now and I love learning the anthems and hymns. Mr Freestone, our Choirmaster is kind and always smiles. The older choristers look out for me, and they give me someone to look up to.

I’ve only been singing for a few years. I entered a competition on holiday and sang “When I Grow Up” from the musical Matilda. This is when I first knew I could sing. Afterwards my parents agreed to let me have singing lessons and then I joined the Voluntary Choir at the Cathedral.

This summer I’ll take part in my first Three Choirs Festival, which is extra special because my Mum will be singing too. Singing in a choir feels natural for me and makes me feel happy.

In September I am moving from the Voluntary Choir to the Cathedral Choir. It’s very exciting because it will help improve my singing. I cannot wait to be part of the team!

Daniel, aged 8 years.

From the moment Daniel wakes up we hear him singing or humming, even whilst brushing his teeth and it makes us smile. Over the past 18 months since Daniel joined the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir he has blossomed in both confidence and vocal ability.

I have been singing in choirs since the age of 14, finding joy, friendship, and an escape from my busy job. I always hoped that Daniel would have a similar enjoyment of music and all the wonderful benefits that go along with belonging to a choir. The camaraderie in the Voluntary Choir is wonderful to see, especially through Daniel’s eyes.

I am immensely proud that we will both be singing in this year’s Three Choirs Festival. Singing is undoubtedly one of Daniel’s superpowers, and I am excited to see where his musical journey will take him next.

Louise, Daniel's mum.

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