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Exploring the religious and spiritual trajectory of cathedral choristers in England

Dong, Lan; Ward, Sophie

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The present paper reports findings from interviews with thirty ex-choristers from cathedrals and collegiate chapels in England, aged from eighteen to eighty. These interviews explored choristers’ religious commitments before entering choir school and factors for staying with, leaving, or later returning to religious practice. The findings suggest that the attitudes to religion among ex-choristers mirror those of the wider population and confirms the trend that ex-choristers may be seeking spirituality but not religion. The study concludes that, although choristers are not invited into the spiritual community on a level that allows them to engage cognitively with organised religion, they remain open to its emotional connotations as expressed in music. They might, nonetheless, subsequently find faith if they get help to explore the meaning of liturgy and music within it. However, there have been accounts where this faith is forced upon them in a way that pushes them away.

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Dong, L., & Ward, S. (2023). Exploring the religious and spiritual trajectory of cathedral choristers in England. Journal of Beliefs and Values, https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2023.2267928

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 29, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 25, 2023
Journal Journal of Beliefs & Values
Print ISSN 1361-7672
Electronic ISSN 1469-9362
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2023.2267928
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1816990

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.





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