Worcester Cathedral's Choirs


The Cathedral Choir

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This 30-strong choir of men & boys and 18 girl choristers sings the daily services, maintaining and developing the tradition of choral music at Worcester Cathedral to a professional standard with a broad repertoire spanning many centuries.

Chorister vacancies

At present we have space for one or two more boy choristers to start in September/October 2014 or later - do get in touch for more information. Although there are currently no girl chorister vacancies, do enquire about joining the choir in September 2015.

If you would like to find out more about chorister opportunities for your son or daughter, contact the Organist & Director of Music, Peter Nardone, at any time on 01905 732916 or peternardone@worcestercathedral.org.uk. He is always glad to meet families and give an informal vocal assessment. 

Vacancies for Altos, Tenors and Basses

There is currently a vacancy for an Assistant Bass position, singing at weekends. For more information contact Peter Nardone.

Deputy Singers

The cathedral choir is always on the lookout for capable deputy singers for when the regular lay-clerks and choral scholars are temporarily absent.  A good voice, excellent musicianship and good sight-reading skills are pre-requisites to a successful application.  A fee is payable each time you sing. We would particularly welcome enquiries from altos and tenors at this time. Please contact the Music Administrator (alansheldon@worcestercathedral.org.uk) to arrange an audition.

Choral Scholarship opportunities for 2015-2016

We have appointed Choral Scholars for 2014-2015, but do contact Peter Nardone if you would like to enquire about vacancies from 2015.

Michael James Organ Scholarship for 2015-2016

We have appointed an Organ Scholar for 2014-2015, but do contact Peter Nardone if you would like to enquire about 2015-2016.

The Cathedral Choir on tour in Germany, October 2010, singing Stanford's Beati Quorum Via in Halberstadt Cathedral, directed by Christopher Allsop.

The wonderful sound of our combined Cathedral, Voluntary and Chamber Choirs in a short excerpt from Stainer's Crucifixion, recorded live on Good Friday 2012. Choirs directed by Christopher Allsop, with organist George Castle. 


The Voluntary Choir

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For over 140 years Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir has been training boys and gentlemen in the art of choral singing. Worcester is unique among English Cathedrals in having the last voluntary choir made up of men and boys.

‘Voluntary’ or ‘Sunday Evening’ choirs were so called in order to distinguish them from the bodies of foundation-choristers and professional singers whose task is to sing at the regular services in cathedrals and collegiate churches. They owe their origin to the popular Sunday evening services which began to be held in such places during the middle part of the nineteenth century. The movement began in London, and was soon to be followed in other cities, notably in Worcester.

The boys range in age from 6 to 14 and come from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds. The gentlemen similarly travel from all corners of Worcestershire and beyond, and range from teenagers to long-serving and experienced singers.

The boys rehearse on Tuesday and Fridays evenings, and the gentlemen join them on Fridays. The choir normally sings an evening service on Sundays, but also participates in special services and concerts.

Over the years the Voluntary Choir has enjoyed many tours abroad, including trips to Paris and Belgium.

For more information about opportunities for boys, teenagers and adults, contact the Choirmaster, Justin Miller (Cathedral Sub-Assistant Organist) at any time on 01905 732918 or at justinmiller@worcestercathedral.org.uk


The Chamber Choir

A different and complementary choral resource is provided by the Chamber Choir of women and men, which allows singers to take part in a wider variety of concerts.  The Choir also sings occasional Cathedral services.

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Visiting Choirs

During the school holidays our choir does not sing. During these times we welcome a wide range of visiting choirs. To enquire about singing as a visiting choir, contact the Music Administrator, Alan Sheldon on 01905 732908 or by email.  

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