Blackburn Cathedral boasts a rich history and variety of choirs and music.
The Cathedral Choir of boys and men sing the majority of choral services at the cathedral, as a proud part of a long and distinguished tradition of choral singing in the UK. The choir presents an ambitious repertoire encompassing a broad range of styles which forms the core musical element of worship at the cathedral.
The boys have a rich and rewarding schedule, rehearsing and singing Evensong during the week in addition to their weekend duties. A dedicated group of choir men are also integral to the furtherance of the choral tradition, and many of the choir men were members of the Cathedral Choir as a boy, returning to the choir after some years away.
Complementing its work in Blackburn, the Cathedral Choir also undertakes tours, recordings and broadcasts on national radio and television.
The Director of Music, Samuel Hudson, is always happy to hear from those interested in joining the Cathedral Choir either as a boy chorister or a choir man. Please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Girls' Choir has a successful programme of its own, rehearsing on Thursdays at 4.30pm and singing Evensong at 5.15pm each Tuesday during term time, as well as providing music for other services as required and undertaking concerts, tours, recordings and broadcasts. They sing many services on their own, but often also sing with the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir.
The Director of Music, Samuel Hudson, is always happy to hear from those interested in joining the Girls' Choir. Please contact him on email@example.com for more information.
The Cathedral's Young People's Choir is made up of former boys from the Cathedral Choir whose voices have changed and a top line of girls, many of whom also sing in the Girls' Choir. The YPC sings at the 9am Parish Eucharist every Sunday, as well as singing services and concerts at various times of the year in other churches around the Blackburn Diocese.
The Assistant Director of Music, Shaun Turnbull, is always happy to hear from those interested in joining the Young People's Choir. Please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Schola Cantorum comprises tenors and basses from the Young People's Choir. They specialise in singing plainsong.
The Assistant Director of Music, Shaun Turnbull, is always happy to hear from those interested in joining the Schola Cantorum. Please contact him on email@example.com for more information.
The Cathedral Consort was formed in 2010, initially to sing Choral Evensong on Fridays at 5.15pm during Lent. Due to the enthusiasm of the singers, this pattern continues fortnightly on Thursdays during term time, as advertised in the Music List.
The Consort is a relatively small group comprising some of the best local adult singers and exists to sing a broad repertoire of Liturgical music.
The Renaissance Singers, directed by Samuel Hudson, is a mixed adult chamber choir, fulfilling a busy programme of concerts (often with orchestras) and singing occasional services at the Cathedral. The Choir is regularly invited to broadcast by the BBC, and has appeared recently on Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4, and on recordings of Songs of Praise.
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The Lantern Voices meet on Thursdays at 4.30pm as part of Blackburn Cathedral's Music Outreach Project. These choirs offer an excellent introduction to singing and present a very broad repertoire of music. The group is directed by Gill Fourie.