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 full week with one day off
    • A long weekend (Thursday / Friday - Sunday)
    • Saturday & Sunday
    • 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:

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday
Silent

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

  • Rehearsal: 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Eucharist: 10:30am - 11:45am
     
  • Rehearsal: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Evensong: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Accompanist

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 18.
  • East end courtyard (secure outdoor area).

Accommodation

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.