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.
- Song Room (main rehearsal room with grand piano, conductor's stand & stalls).
- Smaller rehearsal room with piano.
- Adult toilets.
- Toilets for those under 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
Click here for details of how to apply to bring your choir to perform at Liverpool Cathedral.