Music

Music Department

 

The Music Department currently comprises two full-time music posts – Director, and Assistant Director of Music – along with two part-time colleagues: the Singing Teacher and the Chorister Supervisor. An Organ Scholar and Choral Scholar also assist with the running of the music, while spending some of their time assisting with music provision in local secondary schools with whom we are partnered. The Department is overseen by the Canon Precentor, and some administrative support is provided by a Liturgy and Music Administrator. Also on our staff team is the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Music Development Director who leads the Cathedral’s Outreach Project (‘InHarmony’) to the Diocese: this forms an important part in enabling the Cathedral to connect with and be a resource to parishes, benefices and deaneries across the Diocese.

Choirs

 

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.

Junior Choir

 

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.

Youth Choir

 

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

 

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.

Edmund Consort

 

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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