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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Adults of the Cathedral Choir
The lower voices (altos, tenors and basses) of the Cathedral Choir consists of professional Vicars Choral, together with a team of Lay Clerks who give their time voluntarily. The Adults of the Cathedral Choir usually sing for Evensong (with the Choristers) on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as for both choral services on Sundays. Occasionally vacancies will arise for adult positions in the choir.
Organ and Choral Scholarships
St Edmundsbury Cathedral has an Organ Scholarship and a Choral Scholarship position available each year. These are held in partnership with two major schools in Bury St Edmunds: King Edward VI School (Organ Scholar) and County High School (Choral Scholar). These positions are suitable for young musicians aiming to gain experience working within a busy Cathedral music department as well as in a school environment; they are equally suitable for pre- or post-university candidates. Accommodation is provided by the Cathedral. The posts are usually advertised in October each year; please contact Timothy Parsons for more information about either of these roles.