Durham Cathedral Choir Sung Services during the Durham Vocal Festival

Durham Cathedral Choir can trace its origins back to the time of the Cathedral’s foundation in the 11th century.  Originally it was the ‘monks in quire’ who sang the monastic services; and it is known that since at least 1416 they were joined for some of the services by singing boys (Choristers), educated at what is now the Chorister School in the building’s precincts.  At the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII Durham became one of the newly-founded cathedrals of the Church of England.  The place of the ‘monks in quire’ was taken by laymen (Lay Clerks; lay, as opposed to ordained; clerks, who could therefore read and write).  For centuries, this choir of boy Choristers and Lay Clerks maintained its traditional composition.  But in the 1960s the six Lay Clerks were joined by six Choral Scholars – student members of Durham University; and in 2009 the boy Choristers were joined by a team of girl Choristers; they sing in alternation with the existing team of boy Choristers.  At the major services of Advent and Christmas, and at other special occasions, all the Choristers sing together with the gentlemen of the choir.

 

Repertoire of the choir ranges across the centuries from composers such as Byrd, Palestrina, Parry, Benjamin Britten, Leighton to commissions from composers such as James MacMillan, Richard Lloyd, John Tavener and Philip Stopford.

 

The Cathedral Choir sings eight services a week during term-term and when it is on holiday visiting choirs are welcomed from near and far. Additional choirs include the Cathedral Consort of Singers – an adult voluntary choir; Durham Cathedral Young Singers and DCYS VOX, and The Chorister School’s Galilee Choir.  The Cathedral runs an acclaimed music outreach programme, taking the joy of singing into local schools across the region.  Participating schools then come to the Cathedral for termly concerts where over 250 primary school children perform with the Cathedral Choristers to an enchanted audience of family and friends.

 

For information about Durham Cathedral Choir including becoming a Cathedral Chorister please contact music@durhamcathedral.co.uk

 

Sunday 28 January

10.00am Matins – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

11.15am Sung Eucharist – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

3.30pm Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Monday 29 January

5.15pm – Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir (trebles’ voices only)

 

Tuesday 30 January

5.15pm – Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Wednesday 31 January 

5.15pm – Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Thursday 1 February 

5.15pm – Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir (men’s voices only)

 

Friday 2 February

5.15pm – Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

7.30pm – Candlemas – sung by the Cathedral Consort of Singers

 

Saturday 3 February

5.15pm – Evensong – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Sunday 4 February

10.00am Matins – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

11.15am Sung Eucharist – sung by Durham Cathedral Choir

3.30pm Evensong – massed college choirs of Durham University

 

Tuesday 6 February

5.15pm – Evensong – Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Wednesday 7 February

5.15pm – Evensong – Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Thursday 8 February

5.15pm – Evensong – Durham Cathedral Choir (men’s voices only)

 

Friday 9 February

5.15pm – Evensong – Durham Cathedral Choir

 

Saturday 10 February

5.15pm – Evensong – Sung by Durham Cathedral Choir (men’s voices only)

 

Master of the Choristers and Organist, Durham Cathedral

Daniel Cook

 

Sub-Organist, Durham Cathedral

Francesca Massey

 

Assistant Organist, Durham Cathedral

Jason Lowe