Choristers have returned to Lincoln Cathedral for the first time since January as part of the gradual easing of social distancing measures.
Along with 12 adult singers, 30 choristers aged between 10 and 14 can now perform three times a week, down from the usual 40 pre-Covid.
Only choristers who have returned to school are allowed to return to singing.
Singers have to stand 2m apart, but groups from the same household can stand together.
Performances take place in the open air, underneath the Cathedral’s tower. This helps ensure a distance between the singers and congregation, and keeps the service ventilated.
They now sing on behalf of the congregation, who are not allowed to sing under Government guidelines.
Aric Prentice, the director of music at the cathedral, said this will be the norm until “at least the summer”.
“This will all stay in place until we’re told otherwise,” he added.
Public worship and church services have been allowed to go ahead as normal under lockdown measures, but with limits placed on the numbers in the congregation and performers to ensure social distancing.
There were only four singers at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.
There has been a nationwide push to move worship online. For the first time, churches have introduced new technology so they can livestream sermons and performances.
Nicholas Riddle, a member of the parochial church council at St Bartholomew’s the Great in London, said online virtual services have been a great success.
He added: “There are services that work tremendously well, like the choral evensong.”
But there have been some unforeseen obstacles:
“If you attend communion in person then you will receive a wafer, but if you’re at home then you can hear the music but that’s all,” said Mr Riddle.
“Nevertheless, it seems to work and it still means a lot to people.”