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Statement from St Peter's School on York Minster Chorister Pupils

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Statement from St Peter's School on York Minster Chorister Pupils

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St Peter’s School York has confirmed that it is to become the Choir School for York Minster and that it has offered places to around 50 current chorister pupils of The Minster School.  This follows the announcement today by the Dean of York Minster, that the Chapter have proposed the closure of The Minster School at the end of the Summer Term.

William Woolley, Chair of Governors at St Peter’s School, said:“The Minster with its wonderful choral singing is hugely important not only for York but also nationally and internationally.St Peter's School is proud to become the Choir School of the Minster and to continue the excellent education of the choristers after the sad announcement. We will now have an important addition to our already world class capabilities at the same time protecting this great York cultural tradition.” 

Head Master of St Peter’s, Jeremy Walker added:“I am saddened that The Minster School is closing but look forward to welcoming choristers and their families to St Peter’s. They will be joining a school which nurtures and celebrates excellence, whether that be in music, academics, sport or all the other opportunities we share with our pupils.  They and future generations of choristers will be a great addition to the life of St Peter's.” 

Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster said: “The Minster School can trace its origins back to AD 627 when St Paulinus founded the Minster and a school for its choristers.  This school went on to become what is now St Peter’s School. The very sad decision to close the present Minster School is set alongside this excellent opportunity for our choristers to continue to be educated together a short distance away, and for the Minster’s mission and choral tradition to continue to flourish for years to come.”