A NEW children’s choir group has now been launched in York - after a year’s delay.

Cross Keys Junior Choir has collaborated with York Minster and St Peter’s School to form a community choir group for children aged seven to eleven in York who love to sing and to express themselves through music.

The choir group will be launched on Saturday, October 16 at St Peter’s school.

The launch event will be followed by weekly one-hour sessions at 10am - free of charge.

They will be held on Saturday mornings during term time in the chapel at St Peter’s School, starting from Saturday, November 13 - with parents welcome to attend.

The children will be singing and learning new songs at the launch event, under the guidance of staff from St Peter’s school, and York Minster.

The Cross Keys Junior Choir became the choir school for York Minster in September 2020.

Catherine Hodgson, of St Peter’s School, said: “St Peter’s school and York Minster have been in partnership for 1,000 years.

“We wanted to form a closer collaboration to reach children who had a lack of musical education as the Minster School closed during the lockdown period.

“Despite the delays due to the pandemic restrictions, the choristers have been educated at St Peter’s during this time, and the odd concert was able to commence, but the final launch of the group is now ready.”

Children are welcome to join the choir after the launch date or later on in the term.

To register your child for the Cross Keys Junior Choir, fill out the application form by visiting the St Peter’s School website.

The website is at: www.stpetersyork.org.uk/cross-keys-junior-choir