Nave Choir

Chester Cathedral Nave Choir is currently recruiting singers - please see the joining the choir section for details.

Chester Cathedral Nave Choir is a professional-standard mixed-voice choir made up of volunteers of all ages, and is one of the most active cathedral voluntary choirs in the UK.  The choir sings regularly for services in the cathedral, including the weekly service of Compline at 6:30pm on Sundays, and also for some of the cathedral’s larger services during the year, such as the Midnight Carol Service on Christmas Eve, and Maundy Thursday and Ascension Day Eucharists.  Above all, the choir is a very friendly group of people, with regular choir social events.


The choir performs concerts in Chester Cathedral and further afield, and in the past has performed major works by Mozart, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Jonathan Harvey, James Macmillan and Philip Moore.  The choir has an extensive repertoire of choral music spanning over four hundred years.


In addition to their statutory cathedral duties, the choir embarks on a tour every year, with recent venues include St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh, Southwark Cathedral, Brecon Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (along with regular concerts within the Diocese of Chester).  In 2013 the choir sang for a live broadcast of Sunday Worship from Chester Cathedral on BBC Radio 4, and toured to Munich in July and Coventry Cathedral in September. In June 2013, the choir performed the Mozart Requiem in Chester Cathedral with the Chester Mozart Players, alongside music by Philip Moore (who was in attendance).  In July 2014, the choir toured to the Isle of Man, with concerts and services in Peel and Douglas.


The Nave Choir is the longest-running voluntary cathedral choir in Britain and was founded in the mid-1860s. During the mid-nineteenth century, Sunday evening nave services were becoming more and more popular and Chester was the first cathedral to provide a separate choir of voluntary singers for these services.

The Chester Cathedral Nave Choir organise a number of events throughout the year. For more information, visit the Forthcoming events page.

The Chester Cathedral Nave Choir sings the Compline service on most Sunday evenings. For more information, visit the Services page.   


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