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Our heart and soul

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 tour internationally.

There is no choir school at Chester and the choristers are recruited from schools all over the city and surrounding area.

Chester Cathedral hosts one of the most extensive series of organ recitals in the country, with a weekly Thursday recital throughout the year. Originally built in 1876 by the Chester firm of Charles Whiteley, the Chester Cathedral Grand Organ enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the finest in the country.