Published: 15 May 2015

Manchester Cathedral Choir comprises up to 20 boys and girls (the choristers) aged 8-13 years, and nine men (the Lay Clerks) who are among the North Wests leading professional singers. The Choir is renowned for its exceptionally high standards of performance and is at the heart of Manchester’s Musical heritage. The choristers sing Choral Evensong four times a week and Sung Eucharist on Sunday mornings as well as various broadcasts, recordings and concerts. To achieve and maintain such high standards, rehearsals are built into the school day. Being a chorister at Manchester Cathedral is a very special experience; for musically gifted children it is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Choristers are selected by audition when they are 7-10 years old, but children do not need to be greatly experienced when they join – it is potential that counts. Foremost, we look for a good musical ear and a desire to sing.

Come along to a sung service to see and hear the choristers at work. Or bring your child along to ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’. These free workshops take place on several Saturdays during the year. To find out when the next one is taking place, please go to or contact the Worship and Music Administrator.

Christopher Stokes, Organist and Master of the Choristers, is always pleased to meet potential choristers and their parents. He is happy to hear children sing in a very informal setting, and offer advice on how they might like to proceed.

For a more in-depth insight, please read the information booklet for parents, where you will also find contact details regarding further enquiries.


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