Children from five London primary schools have sung at Vespers and Benediction in Westminster Cathedral as part of an outreach scheme designed to share the musical expertise of the Westminster Cathedral Choir.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster led the service on Thursday July 14.
The children sang hymns, chanted the psalms and the Magnificat in English and sang a Salve Regina.
Archbishop Nichols said: “When we sing we are praying, praising God, thanking Him for His gifts and asking for His help with our needs.
“Every hour in the day somewhere in the world the psalms are being sung. We are part of a great family which raises its voice to praise God without ceasing and that is a great privilege for us all.”
Present at Westminster Cathedral were 170 schoolchildren from St Vincent de Paul and St Mary of the Angels primary Catholic schools in the London borough of Westminster; Guardian Angels and Holy Family Catholic schools in Tower Hamlets and Larmenier; and Sacred Heart Catholic school in Hammersmith and Fulham. They were joined by boy choristers from Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
The children have spent the past term preparing for the performance as part of the year-long Westminster Cathedral Chorister Outreach Project. Visit Choirschool.com for further information.