Nave Choir

The 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.

The choir sings regularly for services in the cathedral, including the weekly service of Compline at 6:30pm on Sundays. The choir also takes part in some of the cathedral’s larger services during the year, such as the Midnight Carol Service on Christmas Eve and the Maundy Thursday Eucharist.

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 and James Macmillan.  The choir has an extensive repertoire of choral music spanning over four hundred years.

In addition to their statutory cathedral duties, the choir recently went on tour to Westminster Abbey in August 2012, performed two concerts in the Diocese of Chester and sang a live broadcast of Sunday Worship from Chester Cathedral on BBC Radio 4. Forthcoming plans include tours to Munich in July 2013 and Coventry Cathedral in September 2013. Above all, the choir is a very friendly group of people, with regular choir social events.

The Nave Choir is the longest-running voluntary cathedral choir in Britain and was founded in the 1860s. During the mid-nineteeth 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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