YORK Minster’s Choir is to receive a major grant this weekend to help sustain its "priceless musical heritage".

The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) which promotes and sustains cathedral music is giving £40,000 to the choir.

The cheque will be presented to Canon Peter Moger, acting Dean of York, during the cathedral’s service of Evensong on Sunday.

Michael Wiles, FCM representative for the Diocese of York, said: “The Friends of Cathedral Music are delighted to make this award. This country’s cathedral music traditions are revered around the world and FCM will continue to partner with cathedrals to sustain this priceless musical heritage.

“York Minster Choir is among the foremost choirs of this country. It is a beacon of excellence which inspires all who hear it. FCM is delighted to support it by the giving of this grant.”

Acting Dean Peter Moger said: “This grant will have a transformative effect on the lives of talented young people with real singing potential. We are immensely grateful to FCM for the award and the huge opportunity that it will bring.”

The award comes as the Minster prepares for its search for new choristers. Boys and girls currently in Years 2 and 3 and who love to sing (all music styles welcome) are invited to the auditions on Friday, January 25, 2019 at The Minster School. Choristers receive a scholarship equivalent to 60per cent of school fees, and further funding, up to 100 per cent, is available on a means-tested basis.