Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir rehearsing for Christmas first

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Image caption The Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir will perform their first Christmas concert in the cathedral's Nave

A girls' choir which ended more than 900 years of male-only choristry at Canterbury Cathedral when they formed in January has begun rehearsals for its first Christmas concert.

The Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir became the first assembled under the name of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The group is made up of 16 mostly local girls, aged between 12 and 18.

They will perform festive music in the cathedral's Nave on 5 December.

David Newsholme, director of the girls' choir said the girls were "delighted to be involved in such an important and high-profile event at the cathedral".

The concert will include a range of music including Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's Dancing Day and other Christmas songs.

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Image caption More than 600 people attended the girls' first performance in January

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