Southsea youngster earns place at prestigious cathedral choir in Salisbury

A YOUNGSTER from Southsea has earned a place in Salisbury Cathedral Choir, one of the country's leading cathedral choirs.

Thursday, 1st March 2018, 10:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st March 2018, 11:04 pm
Chorister Zeeshan Mahmud

Zeeshan Mahmud, aged eight, was determined to follow in his sister’s footsteps and become a cathedral chorister.

He will join the choir as a probationer chorister in April.

It takes about one year for probationers to become full choristers, and Zeeshan will sing at selected services and concerts during his training.

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Zeeshan, who is currently a probationer at Portsmouth Cathedral, said: ‘I just love singing and when I’m singing in the choir I feel very peaceful.

‘I want to ensure I become a world class chorister one day – coming from a Muslim background it is unusual to have such an ambition, but I want to be the first well-known Muslim chorister.

‘I’m learning to play the piano and would love to progress on to playing the organ, like my sister.

‘I’m also learning the cello and guitar.’