Vicars Choral installed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

For the first time, St Edmundsbury Cathedral have appointed permanent professional singers to its choir. These singers are known as Vicars Choral and the posts have been taken up by Matthew Crowe, Christopher Huggins and David Sadler.


For 100 years or more, the Cathedral choir has featured volunteer Lay Clerks, who sing the lower voice parts. These three new posts of Vicar Choral complement and build on this and adds a good step forward for the future stability of the Cathedral Choir. There are hopes for a further three similar posts in 2023.


The new Vicars Choral bring with them a wealth of experience from cathedrals across the country, including Chester, Portsmouth and Norwich.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Director of Music, Timothy Parsons, said, “It’s a really exciting moment for the Cathedral Choir as we welcome Matthew, Christopher and David to these brand new positions of Vicar Choral. These singers bring with them a breadth of fantastic experience in choral music, not just in our own Cathedral but from right across the country. They will add a new dimension to the altos, tenors and basses of the choir, which continues to benefit so much from our Lay Clerks and Choral Scholar.”


You can hear the new Vicars Choral, along with our Choristers and Lay Clerks, at Choral Evensong on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, as well as at Sunday Eucharists.