The Voluntary Choir

The Voluntary Choir usually meets at least twice each week to rehearse and sing for services and concerts within the Cathedral timetable.

The regular weekly schedule is:
Friday 1830 – 2000 rehearsal
Sunday 1630 – 1720 rehearsal, followed by 1730 Choral Evensong.

The Choir sings a cross-section of the whole repertoire of traditional Cathedral music, including works by Palestrina, Byrd, Mozart, Stanford and Howells.

Throughout the year, the choir also participates in a number of extra services and events in the cathedral and throughout the diocese. These include special services at Harvest, Advent, Epiphany and Holy Week.

The choir has made appearances on television and has toured abroad to France, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland.

For the last few years, during the late August Bank Holiday, the choir has sung for services in various cathedrals, abbeys and colleges around the country. Venues have included Hexham Abbey, Carlisle Cathedral, Southwell Minster, Beverley Minster, Cambridge and Oxford college chapels, Wells Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcester Cathedral, Lichfield Cathedral and Birmingham Cathedral. The choir enjoys a very active social life.

If you are interested in joining the choir, or just want to ask a question or query, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of the Voluntary Choir, Geoffrey Woollatt.