Choir

Bradford Cathedral Choir

To sign up for a voice trial, click here.

Bradford Cathedral Choir is at the heart of the cathedral's music making.

There are lots of opportunities to sing at the cathedral. We have two fully independent treble lines made up of boy and girl choristers. We recruit children from schools all across the region. They sing for the weekly services together with the adult lay clerks and choral scholars. We also have a fully voluntary choir, the Cathedral Consort, which sings for Sunday evensong every week and includes sopranos and junior choral scholars. Grace Notes, our community choir for children, meets once a week for a fun rehearsal.

The Director of Music, Alex Berry, is responsible for overseeing the music at the cathedral and trains the choirs. The music sung by the choir is varied, ranging from medieval plainchant to contemporary repertoire. The choir continues to establish an enviable reputation for the standard of its singing. 

In addition to singing for cathedral services, the choir gives concerts, makes recordings, and broadcasts on national radio. They tour regularly both in the UK and abroad. Recent tours have included visits to Portsmouth, Oxford and Germany. Plans for future tours include East Anglia and Romania. 

The choir also gives regular concerts, sometimes with leading orchestras such as the City of London Symphonia. Six times a year, we visit churches within and outside the diocese to sing 'Safari Evensongs'.

 


Grace Notes

Grace Notes (formerly known as the 'Saturday Singers') is a children's community choir that meets once a week. It is a relaxed environment where children receive singing and music tuition, and prepare new songs for occasional cathedral services. They are led by Libby Harborne, who also sings in the Cathedral Choir. All members of Grace Notes are given the chance to audition for the Cathedral Choir. 

During the lockdowns, Grace Notes carried on rehearsing online, made virtual recordings, and even produced a Christmas EP! 

Listen here.

 

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The choir is a lively, enthusiastic, and friendly group which encourages teamwork. 

 

What does the choir offer?

  • Opportunities for boys and girls to sing as cathedral choristers, irrespective of family, educational, financial, or religious background.

  • A free, first-class musical education from our staff of professional musicians. Children have the opportunity to work towards ABRSM singing and theory exams.

  • The chance to take part in regular choir tours, both in the UK and abroad.

  • Opportunities to broadcast and record: the choir has released a number of CDs; and recent broadcasts include carol services for BBC Radio Leeds and Premier Christian Radio.

  • Making friends and having fun: apart from singing, the choristers regularly enjoy other activities, including bowling, laser quest, ice skating, trips to museums, the theatre, and the opera.

To sign up for a voice trial, click here.

 

Our singing workshops and Cathedral Sing!

Every year, Bradford Cathedral runs singing workshops in primary schools all across Bradford. They are an inclusive, free singing opportunity for children in Years 2 to 4. We hear every child sing, and promising children are given golden tickets, inviting them to attend Cathedral Sing!. Find out more about Cathedral Sing! here.

After Cathedral Sing!, children can sign up for Grace Notes. During their first term, members of Grace Notes learn more about singing and learn new pieces to sing in the cathedral. All members of Grace Notes have the chance to audition for the Cathedral Choir and are helped to prepare during rehearsals.

Children who are show promise in their audition become 'probationer' choristers, the junior members of the choir. They attend regular cathedral rehearsals and services, receive dedicated musical and singing training, and prepare for the commitment expected of full choristers. A child normally remains a probationer chorister for two to three terms, after which they have the opportunity to become full choristers.

Becoming a chorister is a fantastic opportunity. It requires hard work and full commitment from both the chorister and their family. We expect choristers to stay until the end of Year 8 (or for boys until their voices change). 

Bradford Cathedral choristers benefit, free of charge, from a programme of individual and group tuition worth over £1500 per year per child. The costs of tuition and music examinations are covered by the cathedral. We are immensely grateful to the Friends of Cathedral Music, The Emerald Foundation, and the Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation for the financial support they give to the cathedral's music programme.

We are delighted to hear from children who love singing and would like to audition for the Cathedral Choir. In the first instance, please contact our Director of Music, Alex Berry, by email (alex.berry@bradfordcathedral.org), or telephone (07507 456741).

 

How can families get involved?

We greatly value the support of all our chorister families, who become an important part of the cathedral community. You can help by becoming a chaperone for the choir, a cathedral volunteer, or a reader. These roles allow you to be directly involved with the day-to-day running of the choir and cathedral, and to see the children's amazing work first-hand.

We are currently recruiting new chaperones. To learn more about the benefits, click here; and to sign up, click here.

 


How do I find out more?

We are always pleased to hear from boys, girls, and adults interested in joining the Cathedral Choir. Please contact Alex Berry, Director of Music, by email (alex.berry@bradfordcathedral.org), or telephone (07507 456741).