The Voluntary Choir
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to some clips from the CD: