The Cathedral Boys' Choir
The Cathedral offers excellent musical opportunities for boys' voices, working under the guidance of professional choral and vocal specialists. Every member is offered assistance in music reading and theory and individual singing lessons can be arranged. The choirs' vocal coach is Sally Egan, who has held the equivalent positions at Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.
Places in the choir are available to all, and boys up to and including the age of ten can audition. All boys are normally expected to learn at least one instrument and/or take regular singing lessons.
The boys have been invited to sing in performances with several leading orchestras such as the Liverpool Philharmonic and Opera North, and have broadcast many times on BBC Radio and Television. Two motets were composed for the choir by Giles Swayne to mark the reopening of the Cathedral in 2007. They made their Radio 3 debut in 2010 with music by Langlais, Easdale and Victoria. They were also invited to sing for Pope Benedict XIV during his state visit to the UK.
The current membership comprises 20 children between the ages of nine and 15. The cathedral choiristers rehearse on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. There is also a junior training choir for younger boys.
The Cathedral Choir's recent recording of Durufle Choral works is now available on the Brilliant Classics label.
Click here to read testimonials from choir members and parents.