The Voluntary Choir
For over 140 years Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir has been training boys and gentlemen in the art of choral singing. Worcester is unique among English Cathedrals in having the last voluntary choir made up of men and boys.
‘Voluntary’ or ‘Sunday Evening’ choirs were so called in order to distinguish them from the bodies of foundation-choristers and professional singers whose task is to sing at the regular services in cathedrals and collegiate churches. They owe their origin to the popular Sunday evening services which began to be held in such places during the middle part of the nineteenth century. The movement began in London, and was soon to be followed in other cities, notably in Worcester.
The boys range in age from 6 to 14 and come from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds. The gentlemen similarly travel from all corners of Worcestershire and beyond, and range from teenagers to long-serving and experienced singers.
The boys rehearse on Tuesday and Fridays evenings, and the gentlemen join them on Fridays. The choir normally sings an evening service on Sundays, but also participates in special services and concerts.
Over the years the Voluntary Choir has enjoyed many tours abroad, including trips to Paris and Belgium.
For more information about opportunities for boys, teenagers and adults, contact the Choirmaster, Richard Cook (Cathedral Sub-Assistant Organist) at email@example.com