Cathedral Choirs

Music is central to the life of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Our choirs enrich and beautify our worship across at least six weekly services. Many children across Bury St Edmunds and beyond experience the joy of singing through our work, either as choristers in the renowned Cathedral Choir or through our work with schools in the area. The Music Department is led by Timothy Parsons, and Richard Cook is the Assistant Director of Music.

The Cathedral Choir

The majority of services at St Edmundsbury Cathedral are led by the Cathedral Choir, which consists of 40 boy and girl Choristers aged 7-14 and a team of around 12 adult singers. They sing at five choral services per week: Evensong on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and Eucharist on Sunday mornings. For more details about these services, please head to the ‘Services’ page under ‘Worship’.

 

Choristerships at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

 

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is proud to recruit its choristers from a wide variety of local schools in the Bury area and beyond. Timothy Parsons, Director of Music, is always delighted to hear from prospective chorister families and may be contacted on timothyparsons@stedscathedral.org. The commitment is shared equally between the boy and girl choristers and is designed to be manageable for families, with each child being required to attend the Cathedral on two weekday afternoons per week and every alternate Sunday.

 

Singing as an Adult of the Cathedral Choir

 

The lower voices of the Cathedral Choir consist of a team of Lay Clerks who offer their skills and time voluntarily. Lay Clerkships are available to altos, tenors and basses who are experienced choral singers.

 

We currently offer a Choral Scholarship which is held jointly with County Upper School. The Choral Scholar sings at all Cathedral services and plays an important role in the training of the choristers.

St Edmundsbury Singers

Formed in 1988, the St Edmundsbury Singers is a women’s voluntary choir that sings Evensong at the Cathedral on at least two Wednesdays per month and on several important occasions throughout the year. The choir is directed by Richard Cook, who is always pleased to hear from prospective sopranos and altos: please contact him to find out more on richardcook@stedscathedral.org.

Cathedral Youth Choir

The Cathedral Youth Choir consists of young singers aged 13 to 19 and sings Evensong on some Wednesdays as well as on other occasions throughout the year. Partly intended to provide ex-Choristers with an opportunity to continue singing at a high level, the choir is open to any teenager with a passion for choral singing. Please contact Timothy Parsons (timothyparsons@stedscathedral.org) for more information.

Edmund Consort

The Edmund Consort is a small adult chamber choir which meets occasionally to provide music for special Cathedral services, most often weddings and funerals. A good level of sight reading is required for this ensemble, and fees are often available.