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'As a chorister, I learned everything I have needed in my life' - Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong was a chorister at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh
Alexander Armstrong was a chorister at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh

Alexander Armstrong is well known to UK TV audiences as a comedian, actor, presenter and singer. Here, he speaks about his days as a chorister at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

 'As a chorister at St Mary's I learned everything I have needed in my life. Not just the rigorous musical education or the broad repertoire of lifelong choral favourites that you pick up along the way (the Brahms Deutsche Requiem, The St John Passion, Herbert Howells Coll Reg canticles: every one of these transports me straight back to a gloriously happy period of my life at St Mary's), but much more importantly it's where I was patiently turned from being a raggedy hopeless schoolboy into being a disciplined and professional performer.'

Any success I have enjoyed I put down entirely to having been a chorister

'There are profound memories of my time as a chorister there that I still draw on and which still - more than thirty years later - inspire and nourish me. Ridiculous though it may sound, I think my life was turned around and made remarkable by being a chorister. Any success I have enjoyed I put down entirely to that.'

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