We are inviting pupils from your school to come to Norwich Cathedral and SING TO DIPPY this October!

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, will be taking up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave from July until Saturday 30 October 2021. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop for the ‘Dippy on Tour’ exhibition that aims to inspire people of all ages to engage more with nature and explore the natural world on their doorsteps.

In partnership with the Norfolk Music Hub, Norwich Cathedral have commissioned a new piece of music – ‘Creation Song’ – to celebrate Dippy’s visit to Norwich. Composed by leading British choral composer Bob Chilcott, the piece has been written for a choir of Primary School children to perform alongside Norwich Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the mighty Cathedral organ.

We are inviting all children in Key Stage 2 to participate in these concerts, which will include other fun children’s songs based on the themes associated with the visit of Dippy the Dinosaur – Creation, the environment, sustainability and care for our planet. The finale of each concert will be the première performances of ‘Creation Song’. All of this will take place, of course, with the children sat around Dippy, the huge Diplodocus skeleton, that will fill the Nave of Norwich Cathedral!

Dates & Times

Friday 9 July
Resources available on Norfolk Music Hub website (lyrics, vocal scores and backing tracks)

Wednesday 14 July 4.15 – 5.15pm
CPD for Music Teachers on Zoom to introduce the project and the songs, led by Ashley Grote (Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral) and special guest Bob Chilcott. 

Wednesdays 15, 22, 29 September and 6 October 2.00 – 2.45.pm
Sing to Dippy! Online sessions for children, in which they will learn the songs with Ashley Grote (Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral) with a guest appearance from Bob Chilcott at one of the sessions 

Sing to Dippy! Performance days

Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, and Friday 15 October – Norwich Cathedral

  • 3.00pm Massed rehearsal around Dippy in the nave of Norwich Cathedral
  • 4.15pm Break – please bring your own drinks and snacks for the children to have in the Cathedral Cloister 
  • 5.00pm PERFORMANCE
  • 6.00pm END

We regret that parents and supporters will not be able to attend, but will be live-streaming each performance


Current availability:

All sessions are now fully booked.