Choir

Peterborough Cathedral Choir

Singing has been a part of worship at Peterborough Cathedral for over 1000 years. As a Benedictine abbey generations of monks sang the offices. At the foundation of the Cathedral in 1541, the choir was formed along with The King’s School for the education of the choristers.

Today’s choral foundation consists of around fifty boy and girl Choristers, six Lay Clerks and three Choral Scholars, together with three extra singers who sing at weekends and on major feasts. In addition to its main role providing choral music for the daily services, the choir gives concerts and broadcasts, and has undertaken a number of recordings: in recent years it has toured in Europe and the USA and made a number of television and radio broadcasts, including live broadcasts of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3.  

During term time, the choral rota is:

Day Time Service Voices
Sunday 9.15am
10.30am
3.30pm
Matins
Eucharist
Evensong
Two of the Sunday services are usually sung by the Boys and Lay Clerks or Girls and Lay Clerks
Monday 5.30pm Evensong Boys and Lay Clerks or Girls and Lay Clerks
Tuesday 5.30pm Evensong Boys and Lay Clerks
Wednesday 5.30pm Evensong Upper Voices - Boys and Girls
Thursday 5.30pm Evensong Girls and Lay Clerks
Friday 5.30pm Evensong Boys and Lay Clerks or Girls and Lay Clerks
Saturday 5.30pm Evensong Visiting Choir

In addition to the core foundation, the Youth Choir, for boys and girls aged 14–18, meets weekly and sings a variety of services and concerts in the Cathedral and further afield. The Festival Chorus  meets weekly under the guidance of the Director of Music and sings at least two concerts a year in collaboration with the Cathedral choirs and professional accompaniment.

Services on Saturdays and during holiday periods are usually sung by Visiting Choirs or are said. On major feasts and festivals Eucharist is sung instead of Evensong at 5.30pm on weekdays. The music to be sung at services over the next few weeks can be seen in our listing of forthcoming services.

There are a number of special services each year at which the whole choral foundation sings including the Advent Procession, the Cathedral’s Christmas Carol Service, the Vigil, Confirmation and first Eucharist of Easter and the St Peter’s Day service on or around 29 June.

An extract of a recent recording is given here:

Auditions for new choristers are held each November.

Whilst music is imperative to the continued mission of the Cathedral, musical development and choristership is financially costly, so in 1996 The Hastings Music Endowment Fund was set up to secure the financial future of the Music Foundation, and has raised almost £2 million to date. Continued support is vital and anyone wishing to contribute should please contact us for more information.


Further information

For more information about the choral foundation and choirs at the Cathedral, please contact:

Penny Wood
Music Department Administrator
01733 355318
Penny.Wood@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

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