In 1755, Bishop Hildesley established a choir of ten boys and ten girls who sang at Bishopscourt and were clothed and fed as part of their choristership. Happily, today's choristers have families to take care of such things, so we can concentrate on continuing the choral tradition which is such a valuable part of Cathedral life.
Today, the Choir consists of twenty girl and boy choristers aged between seven and fourteen who form a mixed top line.
The choristers sing Choral Evensong on Sundays at 3.30pm and rehearse every Thursday during term-time from 4.00pm to 5.30pm
In addition, the choristers represent the Cathedral throughout the year in performances at regional, community and civic occasions.
To find out what is involved in a Cathedral choristership and how you can audition, please download this leaflet.
We also have a number of voluntary Lay Clerks, who join the choristers for Choral Evensong on the third Sunday of every month.
The Schola, an auditioned choir currently of ten singers, sing the 10.30am Sung Eucharist on the first and fourth Sunday of each month.
The second Sunday of the month is sung by the choristers.
LATEST CHORISTER NEWS
Just HOW important and influential is Cathedral music?
Recently, multi-instrumentalist, renowned flautist and composer SIMEON WOOD visited the Cathedral, met our choristers and played a flute aria during Evensong.
Watch the video below to enjoy his music, and his words of wisdom!
Do please support our young singers - could you join us for Choral Evensong? (Sunday at 3.30pm during term time)
Seeing a few members of the regular congregation in the Cathedral would be such an encouragement to the new Probationers - and established choristers too!
Dr Peter Litman
Cathedral Director of Music