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, broadcasts 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 email@example.com or click HERE
For more details of the full choir weekly schedule, click here
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All potential future choristers join via a painless audition. We ask children to sing us something they have prepared - a hymn, carol or other song is fine. We give them a few simple ear tests (singing back notes, matching pitches, rhythm copying) and ask them to read a short passage of text, before having a chat about their musical and wider interests. This is all to make sure that we have a good "fit" for our special musical team, and to ensure that they will thrive, grow and develop by joining the choir.
Derby Cathedral Junior Choir: Inspiring A Love of Singing
Derby Cathedral’s Junior Choir:
Rehearsals take place in term times on Monday evenings, 6.15-7.00 in the Cathedral.
The choir, from time to time, participates in selected Cathedral services through the year, and occasional other concerts/performances; it is expected that members of the choir will be supportive of this.
The Junior Choir operates by subscription donations, equivalent to £2/week. This is payable termly in advance, and will be match-funded by the Cathedral Chapter. It is absolutely our intention to include all who wish to join regardless of the ability to pay; please contact us confidentially to access our financial support fund.
Applications to join are always welcome.
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 Director of Music, Hugh Morris firstname.lastname@example.org
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.