March 9th 2017
St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed a female chorister - a Vicar Choral, the name for a professional adult member of the choir - for the first time in its 1,000-year history.
She is alto singer Carris Jones, a 35-year-old Cambridge history graduate, and she was offered the post after several rounds of auditions. "These posts just don't come up very often,” she said. “I feel really privileged to have been in the right place at the right time”.
At St Paul's there are 12 Vicars Choral who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts. The rest of the choir is made up of 26 boy trebles and eight probationers.