DURHAM Cathedral is looking for young singers from across the North East to sing at A Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The cathedral is in search of 35 boys and 35 girls, in Years 4 to 8, from the County Durham, Darlington, Stockton and Hartlepool areas to join a special Platinum Choir on Saturday June 4. 

Children wishing to apply must already sing in a choir or have singing lessons and should explain in their application why they would like this unique opportunity to sing for The Queen.

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They must also be available for a musical workshop at the cathedral on Saturday May 21 between 11am and 1pm and for the rehearsal and service itself on Saturday June 4 between 12.30 and 4.30pm.

Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral, who will conduct the Platinum Choir, said: "This is an opportunity for talented young people to take part in a moment of history and sing in Durham Cathedral in honour of a remarkable milestone in the life of Her Majesty and in the history of our region, the UK and the Commonwealth.

"I hope as many children as possible will apply to join the Platinum Choir and sing for The Queen in June."

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The 70 participants will mark each one of the 70 years of service Her Majesty The Queen has given to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Although The Queen will not be present at the thanksgiving event, she will be represented by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon.

As County Durham celebrates making the shortlist to be crowned the UK’s City of Culture 2025, the Singing for the Queen opportunity gives local children the chance to be part of a moment in history, singing music composed by Durham native, Will Todd.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday May 6. Application forms can be found on the Durham Cathedral website by clicking here

Tickets for the Jubilee Thanksgiving service, which will last about an hour, are is free but tickets must be booked in advance by clicking here.