Derby Cathedral aims to promote musical excellence. On a day-to-day basis, this is fulfilled by the singing of the cathedral choirs, who enrich the regular round of worship with their singing, renowned for its excellence. But they also sing for special occasions, have broadcast on BBC Radios 2, 3, and 4, and sing in a variety of concerts, both in the Cathedral and further afield. Recent collaborations have included singing with The Sixteen, and Jethro Tull. Tours to venues across the UK and abroad form a memorable part of the choir’s schedule. The cathedral choir also works to support music-making in the whole of the Derby diocese.
The top (treble) line of the choir is sung by the boys choir and the girls choir. Both choirs have a maximum of 20 places. Boys ideally join at the age of 7 or 8 and continue until their voices change. Girls join from Y5 at the age of 9 or 10 and continue until they reach the end of schooling aged 18.
Many of our choristers have gone on to do great things in music in the wider world and they look back on their time in Derby as being the best musical education that they could receive. The experience of the discipline and musical standards required by membership of the choir is second to none and friendships built during this time can prove to be lifetime links.
The Lay Clerks are a group of 12 skilled singers contributing the alto, tenor and bass lines underneath the trebles of the boys or girls. Many of the current Lay Clerks are ex-trebles and some are still at school, others have full-time employment from a variety of occupations in and around Derby. Enquiries from singers interested in becoming a Lay Clerk are welcome. We are also now pleased to offer choral scholarships to students at university in Derby and Nottingham. For further details, please contact Hugh Morris, Director of Music firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE
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The Cathedral's Junior Choir is open to children (boys and girls) aged 7+. It rehearses weekly on Mondays from 6.15-7.00, singing in occasional services in the Cathedral and at other events. It performs a wide range of sacred and secular music, includes work with percussion instruments, and is an ideal way to help young voices develop confidence and build skills. Children can join the choir at any point through the year. An application form can be downloaded HERE
The Voluntary Choir is an all-adult group who rehearse on Friday evenings, and sing on some of the Sundays and other occasions when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday or unavailable. Enquiries for membership are welcome: please contact the Assistant Director of Music, Ed Turner email@example.com
Visiting Choirs are warmly welcomed to the Cathedral to sing Evensong on Saturdays throughout the year or to sing Sunday services during school holiday periods. Please see the Visiting Choirs page click here.