Welcome to the Music Department of Worcester Cathedral

Singing has been part of the daily worship at Worcester Cathedral for many hundreds of years.

The glorious sounds of the Cathedral Choir and Organ fill the building each day at Choral Evensong and at the main services on Sundays. If you would like to attend a choral service and hear the Cathedral Choir, please see the monthly service scheme (viewable via the link at the bottom of this page) for full details of the music. If you have any general enquiries about music at the Cathedral, please contact us. The history of music in the Cathedral stretches right back to monastic singing in the Benedictine abbey, which existed until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. Today the thriving musical life of the Cathedral incorporates many choirs, organists, conductors and other musicians. To find out more about what goes on, click on the links on the left and below. Recordings of our choirs and organ are available from the Cathedral Shop, in the Cloisters.

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The†Cathedral Choir†offers choristerships for boys and girls. The boy choristers sing the greater portion of all the sung services (5 days a week on a regular basis) and are complemented by the girls who mainly sing services on Saturdays. Prospective choristers should normally be aged between 6 and 10 (boys) or between 12 and 15 (girls). Places are offered through a friendly audition process. Boy choristerships are required to attend the King's School and are given a 50% bursary towards their fees for the duration of their time in the choir. The girls attend a variety of local schools and receive bursaries each term. Those wishing to seek further help and advice usually make contact in the first instance with the Music Department Administrator Alan Sheldon on 01905 732908, to arrange an initial meeting and an informal vocal assessment.†

Potential boy choristers often have some instrumental experience, even if only at a basic level for 6 and 7 year olds, but do enquire even if your son hasn't yet begun lessons. His audition will require him to do some simple warm-up exercises and to sing a pre-prepared song of his own choice. He will then be given a sequence of aural tests to ascertain musical potential in pitch and rhythm. He will be given a passage of prose or poetry to read at sight and will be asked to perform on his chosen instrument if he has one. We are looking for youngsters with potential and energy to become part of this exceptional choir and to maintain the wonderful centuries-old tradition into the future.

An alternative for boys is provided by the†Voluntary Choir: a robed choir of boys and men which sings the 6.30 Sunday service each week as well as making visits to Diocesan churches and occasionally further afield. Boys with unbroken or broken voices will be considered for membership. The Voluntary Choir Choristers rehearse twice a week on Tuesday and Friday evenings and have a fine record of achievement through the RSCM chorister award scheme. Boys interested in joining should contact Richard Cook†for further details.

Click on†this link†for more detailed information about our choirs (including the adult Chamber Choir) and for video and sound files.

The Cathedral is very grateful for the support of:

Friends of Cathedral Music††† https://fcm.org.uk/

The Ouseley Church Music Trust ††http://www.ouseleytrust.org.uk/

Elmley Foundation

Rowlands Trust

Michael James Music Trust

Elgar Foundation

Worcester Lodge No 280

†The Monthly Music/Service Scheme is available here.

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