Music department

Philip Rushforth was appointed Director of Music in 2007 and has responsibility for the Chester Cathedral Choir and the music of the cathedral in partnership with the Canon Precentor.


Benjamin Chewter is Assistant Director of Music. He is responsible for the accompaniment of the daily services and assists with the training of the choristers. He also directs the Cathedral Nave Choir and organises the visiting choirs who sing at Chester Cathedral during the holidays.
Geoff Woollatt is Assistant Organist.  In this role he accompanies services, conducts the Cathedral Choir and Nave Choir and assists with the training of the choristers.  The post of Assistant Organist was established in the autumn of 2012 to help maintain and develop the high standard of music at Chester Cathedral.


Director of Music: Philip Rushforth              

Philip Rushforth began his musical training as a chorister at Chester Cathedral where he began learning the organ with Cathedral Organist, Roger Fisher and became Organ Scholar in 1987. In 1991 he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, as Organ Scholar working under the direction of Dr Richard Marlow.  At Trinity he broadcast and recorded frequently with the world-famous ....

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Assistant Director of Music: Benjamin Chewter

Benjamin Chewter is the Assistant Director of Music at Chester Cathedral. He is responsible for the accompaniment of daily services and manages broadcasts, tours and recordings involving the Chester Cathedral Choir. He also assists with the training of the choristers and directs Chester Cathedral Nave Choir...

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Assistant Organist: Geoff Woollatt                      

Geoffrey began his musical career as a chorister at Southwell Minster. During his time in the choir he enjoyed touring with them to Italy, Sweden and Paris. Following this, he attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where he continued his Organ Studies with Christopher Stokes. In January 2007...

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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.

Refectory Cafe


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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The Shop provides a full range of souvenirs, books, gifts, cards, CDs and jewellery, some unique to Chester Cathedral;  it's even possible to buy postage stamps!

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Chester Cathedral needs your help! We receive no financial subsidy from government and therefore rely on kind donations and the support of people like you. The Just Giving site is just one way to help.

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