Open daily from: 08:00 to 18:00

  • Cathedral at night
  • Christophorus KinderChor
  • St. John's Chapel Choir, rehearsal
  • St. John's Chapel Choir

  • St. John's Chapel Choir, Southsea

Liverpool Cathedral welcomes choirs from all over the country and abroad to provide the music while the Cathedral Choir is on vacation. Visiting choirs play a valuable and important part in the life of the Cathedral, enabling our choral tradition to continue unabated throughout the course of the year. 

When do visiting choirs sing services?

  • The first Sunday of half term (February, May & October)
  • The Sunday after Christmas
  • Over the Spring Break (please note - this may fall during Lent, or after Easter)
  • During the summer vacation

Which services do visiting choirs sing?

During half terms, only the Sunday is available.

During Christmas, Spring break and the Summer vacation, you are welcome to choose from the following options:
a) A full week with one day off
b) A long weekend (Thursday / Friday - Sunday)
c) Saturday & Sunday
d) Sunday

What will the schedule be?

Depending on the number of days you wish to sing, the schedule of rehearsals and services will consist of all, or a selection of the following:

Rehearsal:  4:00pm - 5:00pm
Evensong:  5:30pm - 6:00pm

Rehearsal:  4:00pm - 5:00pm
Evensong:  5:30pm - 6:00pm


Rehearsal:  4:00pm - 5:00pm
Evensong:  5:30pm - 6:00pm

Rehearsal:  4:00pm - 5:00pm
Evensong:  5:30pm - 6:00pm

Rehearsal:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
Evensong:  3:00pm - 3:45pm

Rehearsal:  9:00am - 10:00am
Eucharist:  10:30am - 11:45am

Rehearsal:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
Evensong:  3:00pm - 4:00pm



When the Cathedral choir is away, weekday and Saturday Evensongs are held in the Cathedral's Lady Chapel, for which your own organist is very welcome to play.  The services on the Sunday are held in the main Cathedral for which one of the Cathedral's duty organists will be available to accompany you.  The reason Chapter have set this rule is that there is no available rehearsal time for visiting organists to get to know the Cathedral organ.  In order for us to maintain our 'free entry' policy, the Cathedral is heavily used in the evening time, and, unfortunately, there is no opportunity for organ practice during the day.  The Cathedral cannot provide an accompanist for weekday services outside of term time.

It is important for visiting choirs to be aware of this policy before making a booking, as many choirs wish to perform with their own organist, and hence withdraw at a later stage which is inconvenient for both parties involved.


Will we have access to rehearsal rooms?

Yes.  You will have the run of the Eastern Undercroft and Courtyard for the duration of your visit, including Song Room and robing areas.  You are free to use the undercroft at any time during your visit as a base, and for extra rehearsal and warming up before your rehearsal time in the Lady Chapel or Cathedral.

Facilities include:
Song Room (main rehearsal room with Grand piano, conductor's stand & stalls)
Smaller rehearsal room with piano
Adult toilets
Toilets for those under the age of 18
East end courtyard (secure outdoor area)



Details of local providers of accommodation are included in the information booklet we send to visiting choirs.  For further information, please contact us to discuss the various options available.


How to Apply

In the first instance, please check the list of dates below and contact Jack Watson, who will discuss the various options available to you.  Email:  Phone: 0151 702 7240.

If you would like to bring your choir to sing an informal concert during the day, please contact our Visitor Services Manager, Jenny Moran.  Email:  Phone: 0151 702 7284.

We look forward to welcoming you and your choir to the Cathedral!

Dates in 2015

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February  -  St. John's Chapel Choir, Southsea
Friday 10th April - The Harsnett Choir
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April  -  The Harsnett Choir with St. Giles in the Fields Choir, West End
Sunday 24th May (Half Term)  -  Kelvedon Singers
Sunday 26th July  -  St. Nicholas Singers
Monday 27th July - Sunday 2nd August  -  VACANT

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th August  -  VACANT
Sunday 16th August  -  St. Cecilia Singers
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August  -  The Blythburgh Singers
Sunday 30th August  -  Chester Cathedral Nave Choir
Sunday 6th September  -  The Singers
Saturday 12th September  -  RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers
Sunday 25th October (Half Term)  -  St. John, Broughton
Sunday 27th December  -  Oakville Singers


Dates in 2016

Sunday 3rd January  -  Laudes
Sunday 14th February (Half Term)  -  St. John's Chapel Choir, Southsea
Thursday 31st march - Sunday 3rd April  -  Beckenham Parish Church
Sunday 29th May (Half Term) - St Salvator's Chapel Choir, University of St Andrews
Sunday 24th July  -  Christopher Wren Singers
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July  -  Peterborough Chamber Choir
Monday 1st - Sunday 7th August  -  Christ Church, New Bern, East Carolina
Monday 8th - Sunday 14th August  -  RSCM Summer Choral Course
Monday 15th - Sunday 21st August  -  VACANT
Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th August  -  VACANT
Monday 29th August - Sunday 4th September  -  VACANT
Saturday 10th September  -  RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers
October Half Term  -  St. John, Broughton

Dates in 2017

Sunday 1st January  -  VACANT
February Half Term  -  St. John's Chapel Choir, Southsea
Spring Break  -  VACANT
May Half Term  -  The Danensian Choir
Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd July  -  VACANT
Monday 24th - Sunday 30th July  -  VACANT
Monday 31st July - Sunday 6th August  -  VACANT
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August  -  The Howells Voices
Monday 14th - Sunday 20th August  -  VACANT
Monday 21st - Sunday 27th August  -  VACANT
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September  -  Priory Voices
Saturday 9th September  -  RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers
October Half Term (Saturday & Sunday)  -  Damian Singers
Sunday 31st December  -  VACANT

Dates in 2018

February Half Term - St. John's Chapel Choir, Southsea
Spring Break  -  VACANT
May Half Term  -  VACANT
Monday 23rd - Sunday 29th July  -  VACANT
Monday 30th July - Sunday 5th August  - VACANT
Monday 6th - Sunday 12th August  -  VACANT
Monday 13th - Sunday 19th August  -  VACANT
Monday 20th - Sunday 26th August  -  VACANT
Monday 27th August - Sunday 2nd September  -  VACANT
October Half Term  -  VACANT
Sunday 30th December  -  VACANT

Dates in 2019


Dates in 2020