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 a couple more boy choristers, and are looking out for girls to start in September/October 2013 - do get in touch for more information. The current girls information leaflet is available by clicking here.

If you would like to find out more about chorister opportunities for your son or daughter, do 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 are no current vacancies.

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 2014-2015

We have appointed Choral Scholars for 2013-2014, but do contact Peter Nardone if you would like to enquire about vacancies from 2014.

 

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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Worcester is unique among English Cathedrals in having a Voluntary Choir of the same make-up as the Cathedral Choir – that of boys and men.  The Voluntary Choir was established in October 1874 and sings at the 6.30pm service on Sundays.  Its members are drawn from all over Worcestershire – and beyond – and the boys attend a wide variety of local schools.  The Choir aims to maintain a membership of around 20 boys and 18 men.

Over the years the Voluntary Choir has enjoyed tours abroad; this year the choir will be singing in Ghent and Bruges (in Belgium) during May half-term.

For more information about opportunities for boys, teenagers and adults, feel free to contact our Choirmaster, James Luxton (Cathedral Sub-Assistant Organist) at any time: jamesluxton@worcestercathedral.org.uk or 01905 732918.  He is always glad to meet potential singers and give an informal vocal assessment.

Click here for the Spring 2014 dates list.

 

Our recent CD, Be thou my Vision, is now available, 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.  Copies are available from the Cathedral Shop, or from one of the Cathedral music staff.

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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