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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On 12 October 2014 at the 6:30PM service, Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir will celebrate the 140th anniversary of their foundation in October 1847.  To mark the occasion they have commissioned a new piece, Lead, kindly light, from composer and former King’s Singer, Grayston Ives.  The service will also include the presentation of medals and admission of new choristers, and will be followed by a reception.

Worcester is unique among English Cathedrals in having the only remaining Voluntary Choir of boys and men.  Voluntary choirs were so called in order to distinguish them from the foundation-choristers and professional singers whose task is to sing in collegiate churches and cathedrals.  Its members receive musical tuition, free of charge, and are drawn from all over Worcestershire and beyond. Notable alum of the choir include tenor John Mark Ainsley, and James Vivian, Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. 

Over the years the Voluntary Choir has enjoyed tours abroad; this year the choir sang in Gent and Blankenberge during May half-term.  In addition to singing weekly in the Cathedral, the choir sings throughout Worcester and will appear this year at the Victorian Christmas Fayre. Their most recent CD, Be thou my Vision, is a beautifully recorded mix of familiar and less-familiar choral pieces drawn from the choir’s extensive year-round repertoire, including a number of Christmas items.

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

Listen to some clips from the CD:


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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