Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir

The Voluntary Choir, an adult choir comprising young professionals and university students across the Greater Manchester area, meets twice each week to rehearse and sing for services and concerts.

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

The Voluntary Choir outside the Cathedral

The Choir sings a broad range of choral music, including works by Palestrina, Byrd, Mozart, Stanford and Howells.

Throughout the year, the Choir also participates in a number of additional services and events within 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 venues around the country. These have included Hexham and Tewkesbury Abbeys, Southwell and Beverley Minsters, Carlisle, Wells, Worcester, Lichfield and Birmingham Cathedrals and numerous Cambridge and Oxford college chapels.

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.