The English choral tradition is the lifeblood that turns our cathedrals from silent spaces into resounding places of glory, with some of the greatest music from the fourteenth century to the present day.
The Cathedral Choir and the Nave Choir (the longest-serving voluntary cathedral choir in the country) rehearse weekly in the purpose-built Song School. In addition to the daily worship of the cathedral, the choir perform at least three concerts a year, record CDs, regularly appear on radio and television and undertake tours to other countries.
There is no choir school at Chester and the choristers are recruited from schools all over the city and surrounding area. The cathedral itself provides bursaries for the choristers and this level of support, together with the commitment of the choir members, is absolutely vital to ensure consistently high musical standards.
Chester Cathedral hosts one of the most extensive series of organ recitals in the country, with a weekly Thursday recital throughout the year. Recitalists from all over the world come here to perform, along with the cathedral’s own organists. Originally built by the Chester firm of Charles Whiteley in 1876, the Chester Cathedral Grand Organ enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the finest in the country.