The English choral tradition is the lifeblood that turns our cathedrals from silent spaces into resounding places of glory. Singing eight choral services each week, shared between the boy and girl choristers and the lay clerks, Chester Cathedral Choir sings some of the greatest music from the fourteenth century to the present day.
The Cathedral Choir and the Nave Choir (the longest-serving voluntary cathedral choir in the country) rehearse weekly in the purpose-built Song School, which stands on the site of the monks’ dormitory. In addition to the daily worship of the cathedral, the choir perform at least three concerts a year, record CDs and regularly appear on radio and television and, when time permits, undertake tours to other countries.
There is no choir school at Chester and the choristers are recruited from schools all over the city and surrounding area. The cathedral itself provides bursaries for the choristers and this level of support, together with the commitment of the choir members, is absolutely vital to ensure consistently high musical standards.
Chester Cathedral hosts one of the most extensive series of organ recitals in the country, with a weekly Thursday recital throughout the year. Recitalists from all over the world come here to perform, along with the cathedral’s own organists. Originally built by the Chester firm of Charles Whiteley in 1876, the organ enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the finest in the country.
There are many ways to support the Cathedral from donations through to buying a gift or simply enjoying a coffee in the Refectory. We welcome your support in whatever form it takes.
The Refectory, built in the 13th century, was the dining hall for the 40 monks who belonged to the community at the time. The Refectory is open from 9:30 - 4:30 and a delicious lunch menu, fabulous cakes and free Wi-Fi!
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