Until recently there have been six different choirs providing music for the regular services of the Cathedral. The new Director of Music will work closely with the Canon Precentor and Chapter to re-envision the direction of each of these choirs, especially to give stability to the recently established girl choristers. All of our choristers come from a variety of local primary and secondary schools, and the work of recruitment and communication with local schools is a vital part of the music department’s work.
The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir sings at the majority of Sunday and weekday services, using a wide repertoire in the Anglican choral tradition, and currently consists of around 15 boys and 12 volunteer Lay Clerks. In early 2020 a new girls’ front row was launched, to provide equity of opportunity. There are currently 12 girl choristers. Since the easing of the pandemic restrictions on singing, both girls’ and boys’ front rows are now engaging in separate choir practices to prepare them for the repertoire needed to lead public worship again.
A Junior Choir (mixed, but formerly two separate boys’ and girls’ junior choirs) has yet to begin meeting again following the pandemic suspension of singing. The choir acts as a feeder choir to the Choristers, and in the past has focused on a simpler (and not exclusively liturgical) repertoire. As well as for weekday Evensong, this choir has often sung for occasional Sunday ‘Family Eucharists’: an area of the Cathedral’s worship which it is hoped to expand.
The Cathedral’s Youth Choir has several former Choristers and Juniors amongst its number and has been commended for its excellence. Some members of this choir have gone on to study music at degree level or have been Choral Scholars here or elsewhere.
St Edmundsbury Singers
The St Edmundsbury Singers is an excellent ladies’ choir whose membership comprises competent and talented musicians. Although largely singing an extensive SSA repertoire, this choir on occasion joins with the Lay Clerks for Sunday and weekday services.
Wednesday Men is an informal gathering providing music (some plainsong, some polyphonic) for most Wednesday evensongs, and consists of the Choral Scholars, some Lay Clerks, and extra volunteers.
The Edmund Consort is an occasional group of singers drawn from our existing choirs and networks, to provide music at special services where other choirs are unavailable.
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