Y&TC Recipient Imogen Dowse performs at The King’s coronation

Posted on 12th May 2023 by

Imogen Dowse, Cellist and Chorist from St Austell, recently performed with Truro Cathedral Choir at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles III. This was such a memorable moment not only as a great achievement for Imogen, but this was the first time in history girl chorists sang alongside boys for the coronation of a British Monarch. Imogen was one of just 14 girls singers chosen from across nation to perform at this historic event, 7 of which were all from Truro Cathedral Choir.


The choir sang ‘I Was Glad’, from Psalm 122, which has been the song of choice at every coronation since King Charles I was crowned as reigning Monarch in 1626.


Imogen told us:

“It was an honour to do this on behalf of the choir and to represent Girl Choristers and Cornwall. It was really important to me to thank all those that had been responsible for this life changing trip. Hopefully, we will have plenty of opportunities in the future to reflect on this historic moment and the difference this should make for those following in our footsteps. I am just so grateful for the opportunity and particularly to the people I have met. Quite overwhelming! Music is such a huge part of my life and I can’t believe this has happened to me. I am definitely going to remember forever the feeling of that first enormous chorus of voices when we sang ‘I was Glad’. This was a truly remarkable moment. Thank you again for your support, it means so much to me. Young and Talented have enabled me to continue to explore and learn what is required to become a professional musician and also how I can contribute in making music for others. I am very grateful.”


Imogen first received funding from Young & Talented Cornwall back in 2020 and again in 2022. Imogen currently attends Truro School and has been a Chorist at Truro Cathedral since 2018. She also leads the cello section of Cornwall Youth Orchestra and her dream is to be Principal Cello of a major professional orchestra.


Imogen’s mum said:
“I just wanted to express my thanks for your support and the role you play in making these opportunities possible. Without your funding, tuition would be very much reduced and unaffordable.”


We are beyond proud of her progress and her achievements so far have been truly remarkable.


Pictured: Imogen Dowse with Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE.