Liverpool Cathedral’s choir maintains choral worship during school term-time, with additional commitments at Christmas and Easter.

 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 parts.

  • Sopranos.
  • Altos.
  • Tenors.
  • Bases.

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'.

You can find out about how to join our choir here.

 

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.

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Touring

In recent years the Cathedral Choir has travelled throughout the world giving performances at many prestigious venues, in its own right and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • 2014: New York (Boys & Girls)
  • 2013: Carlisle (Boys & Girls)
  • 2013: Carlisle (Boys & Girls)
  • 2013: Carlisle (Boys & Girls)
  • 2012: Estonia (Boys)
  • 2011: Poland (Girls)
  • 2010: Paris (Boys), Oxford (Girls)
  • 2009: Oxford (Boys), Poland (Girls)
  • 2008: Cologne (Boys)
  • 2007: Riga (Boys)
  • 2006: Venice (Boys), Cologne (Girls)
  • 2005: Amsterdam (Boys)
  • 2004: Cologne (Boys)
  • 2003: Prague
  • 2002: Catalonia Barcelona, Sitges & Monserrat.
  • 2001: Belgium - Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent & Malines.
  • 2000: Czech Republic - Dvorak Festival & the conclusion of Prague Spring Festival
  • 1999: Paris area, incl. St. Louis en L’Ile and Chatres Cathedral
  • 1995: Southern France concerts in LA Tour de France
  • 1994: Lille, Concert Hall Lille
  • 1993: Tokyo, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied with Paul McCartney

Alongside rehearsals and performances, the choristers enjoy a mixed programme of sightseeing and other activities, to broaden their knowledge of the country they are visiting. They are encouraged to experience the local culture and language, which contributes to their general and musical education.


Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM)

The Friends of Cathedral Music is a charitable organistion that exists to safeguard the priceless heritage of British cathedral music and support a living tradition. The Society was founded in 1956 by the Revd Ronald Sibthorp and now counts nearly 4,000 members. The Friends of Cathedral Music makes grants to cathedral and church choirs in the UK and overseas, of about £100,000 a year and has supported Liverpool Cathedral in times past.
Visit the FCM website.