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Music at Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral boasts a rich history and variety of choirs and music.

The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sing the majority of the choral services, presenting an ambitious repertoire that encompasses a broad range of styles from plainchant to present day. The choir also undertakes tours, recordings and broadcasts on national radio and television. Many of the choir men have sung in the Cathedral as a boy, returning to the choir after some years away.

The boys have a demanding schedule, singing evensong every Friday in addition to their weekend duties with the choir men and participation in outreach work with local primary schools.

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 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 boys have a demanding schedule, singing evensong every Friday in addition to their weekend duties with the choir men and participation in outreach work with local primary schools.

The Schola Cantorum comprises tenors and basses from the Young People's Choir. They specialise in singing plainsong. The photograph on the left shows the Schola singing the Advent O Antiphons at the 2009 Advent Carol Service.

The Schola Cantorum sing Evensong each Wednesday during term time at 5.15pm.

The boys have a demanding schedule, singing evensong every Friday in addition to their weekend duties with the choir men and participation in outreach work with local primary schools.

Blackburn 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 Schola Cantorum sing Evensong each Wednesday during term time at 5.15pm.

The boys have a demanding schedule, singing evensong every Friday in addition to their weekend duties with the choir men and participation in outreach work with local primary schools.

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.

For details of forthcoming events and more information visit the website:

www.renaissancesingersblackburncathedral.org

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.

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