Choirs at the Minster
Three choirs form the Minster Music Foundation.
The Minster Choir
The choir of gentlemen and boy choristers has a long and illustrious tradition stretching back over a thousand years. The choristers have always been educated at the Minster School and sing six services a week. The gentlemen of the choir comprise six professional Lay Clerks, complemented for big occasions by six Auxiliary Lay Clerks. The choir frequently sings abroad, touring Germany in May 2015, and record CDs with major record labels, which include a disc of Louis Vierne and Jean Langlais ("Messe Solennelle"), recorded in Seés Cathedral, France in 2013 to critical acclaim. The choir's latest disc "Take the Psalm" is now available from the Cathedral Shop.
The Minster Girls’ Choir
The Minster Girls' Choir was formed in 2005 by Simon Bell, and is now directed by the current Assistant Director of Music, Simon Hogan. The eighteen girls sing Evensong on Mondays, occasional Sunday services, plus a number of extra concerts. They have toured to Sarzana, Norway and Amsterdam and enjoy a full part of the musical life of this Cathedal.
The Minster Chorale
The Minster Chorale is the Minster's chamber choir, comprising up to thirty volunteer singers who meet once a week and perform a number of services each term. Such services include the evening Eucharists on major feast days, including the annual All Souls Requiem and the Christmas Midnight Eucharist. In addition the Minster Chorale travels further afield, most recently performing at Peterborough Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey. The Chorale celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015 with a tour to the Channel Islands. The choir was recently featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Meet my Choir'.