Our choristers – both girls and boys come from many different schools across Liverpool and the diocese. Over the years, our choir has built an unrivalled reputation; performing at numerous special services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings.

The boys and girls of the choir sing most of the choral services six days week.

Our choir consists of four voice parts.

  • Sopranos.
  • Altos.
  • Tenors.
  • Basses.

Over its life span, our choir membership has included more than 2000 boys and a growing number of girls. Many of whom have gone on to eminent careers including doctors, lawyers, composers, organists and directors of music.

Our choir has worked with many famous musicians, including former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney who, despite having failed his audition for the choir in the 1950s, returned to the Cathedral to collaborate with our choir several times - most notably in performances of the ‘Liverpool Oratorio’ and 'Ecce Cor Meum'.

If you wish for you child to have an audtion for the cathedral choir, then please contact Lee Ward, Director of Music at lee.ward@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

 

 

Liverpool Cathedral Choir History

The Cathedral Choir was founded when the Diocese of Liverpool was founded in 1880 and the Parish Church of Saint Peter became the first Cathedral of the Diocese.

In 1904 work began on Giles Gilbert Scott’s great new Cathedral and in 1910 the first portion, the Lady Chapel, came into full use. Regular choral services in the new Cathedral, sung by a choir of boys and men began.

They sustained daily worship in the Cathedral Lady Chapel for the next fourteen years, until the first bay of the main Cathedral was completed in 1924.

Daily choral services were maintained until the outbreak of the Second World War, at which time the number of choral services was reduced. The pattern of choral services six days a week was re-established with the boys and Lay Clerks singing each day apart from Wednesday.

In September 2003, to mark the centenary of Scott’s Cathedral in 2004, the girls’ choir was founded.

You’ll find an extensive range of books, cards, gifts plus our choir's music recordings in our Cathedral shop. Buy online or browse in person.

Lay Clerks

The Lay Clerks of Liverpool Cathedral consist of the twelve gentlemen of the choir:

  • four counter-tenors
  • four tenors
  • four basses.

They sing  for the Choral Eucharist on Sunday mornings, Evensong on Sunday afternoons and Evensong on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

In addition, they sing for numerous special services and concerts with the boys and girls of the Cathedral Choir, and regular men’s voices services. They are supported by a number of deputies.

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Clerk or a Deputy then please contact the Music Office (closed on Wednesdays each week) for further information.