In a landmark event marking its 900-year history, St Paul’s Cathedral celebrated the formal induction of two young girls from St Paul’s Cathedral School into its renowned choir.

Lila, 11, and Lois, 10, made history on Sunday, June 30, 2024, as they joined the Cathedral Choir as full choristers following specialized training and a successful probation period.

"At the service on Sunday evening, it was profoundly moving to see the culmination of their hard work and God-given gifts on show," remarked the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London. "I hope that Lila and Lois can be an inspiration to other young girls as to what can be achieved."

The ceremony saw Lila and Lois adorned in the traditional surplice, symbolizing their official roles within the Cathedral Choir.

"The Evensong service on Sunday was a wonderful occasion, officially welcoming Lila and Lois as full members of St Paul’s Cathedral Choir," said the Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, Dean of St Paul’s. "We are all delighted that this day has come."

Andrew Carwood MBE, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, praised the girls for their diligence. "Lila and Lois have worked extremely hard in preparing for this day, and we are delighted to welcome them to our musical family. I look forward to their bright futures in the Choir."

Judith Fremont-Barnes, Head of St Paul's Cathedral School, expressed immense pride in their achievement. "Everyone at St Paul’s Cathedral School is enormously proud of Lois and Lila. They have worked extremely hard during their training, bringing a consistently positive attitude and rising to every challenge."