The first monks of the monastery sang their chants under the Benedictine Rule more than 900 years ago. Henry VIII re-established the former monastery as a cathedral in 1541 and God’s praises have been sung ever since.
Each year, the Cathedral offers opportunities for boys and girls to audition for a place in the Cathedral Choir. After an initial training period as a probationer, the choristers are then admitted into the full choir. On a daily basis, the choir is maintaining our priceless musical heritage, which is an unique education for life. The spiritual impact of their training remains with them always, along with the musical education they receive. The tradition of English choral music is the primary means through which the worship and adoration of God is offered in our cathedrals.
Singing eight choral services a week - which equates to around 384 sung services each year - shared between the boy and girl choristers, lay clerks and choral scholars, Chester Cathedral Choir sings some of the greatest music from the fourteenth century to the present day.
The Cathedral Choir rehearses daily in the magnificent Song School, which is built on the site of the old Monk’s 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 BBC Radio 3 and 4 and television. When time permits, they also undertake tours to other countries. In recent years the choir has visited Ireland, Belgium, France and undertook a highly successful tour of Florida in 2007.
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, and commitment from the choir itself, enables us to maintain consistently high musical standards.
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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