St. John’s College at Cambridge University breaks 350-year-old tradition by allowing women and girls to become choristers

St John’s College at Cambridge University will break a 350-year-old tradition by allowing girls and women to become choristers for the first time.

Girls and women will be allowed to join the historically all-male group at St John’s College choir that was set up in 1670 from next year.

Andrew Nethsingha has directed the choir for 14 years and is a former organ scholar at St John’s.

The College said he had ‘spearheaded’ the move, strengthening his ‘reputation for encouraging young singers’.

It added he was known for ‘championing contemporary music and commissioning new work from established and emerging composers’.

Mr Nethsingha said it was a ‘great and historic day’ for the choir.

He said: ‘I hope this small step will bring the day closer when there is gender equality amongst composers, organists and conductors, as well as among politicians, business leaders and in all other walks of life.

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Source: Daily Mail