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Bradford Cathedral Choir

Bradford Cathedral Choir

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

There are two fully independent top lines of boy and girl choristers and the children are drawn from a wide number of schools across the region. They sing together with the lay clerks, all of whom are committed volunteers. In September 2015, a choral scholarship programme was established for young postraduate musicians. Adult sopranos combine with the lay clerks and scholars to form the Cathedral Consort.

In addition to singing for Cathedral services, the Choir tours regularly within the UK and has toured internationally, presents concerts and sings services within and outside the diocese, as well as recording and broadcasting on occasion.


The Choir's repertoire is extensive, ranging from plainchant to the present day, and the Choir continues to establish an enviable reputation for the standard of its singing. A recording of settings of the Evening Canticles, including our own Bradford Service by celebrated composer Humphrey Clucas, was released in December 2013.

Recent tours have included visits to Edinburgh, London, Norwich, Newcastle, Shrewsbury and Llandaff. The Choir has recently broadcast on national radio and television, including Sunday Half Hour, Sunday Worship and BBC Songs of Praise.


The choir is presently trained and conducted by Jon Payne, Assistant Director of Music. From January 2017, Alex Berry will be the new Director of Music.  




The Cathedral Choir may be heard during term time at the following services, in addition to singing for Feast Days and for special services throughout the year. Boy and girl choristers take an equal share of the Sunday services.

Sunday 10.15am    Cathedral Eucharist
Sunday  4.00pm     Choral Evensong                        

Monday 5.45pm      Choral Evensong (girls and men)
Tuesday 5.45pm     Choral Evensong (boys and men)
Thursday 5.45pm    Choral Evensong (boys or girls alternately)

We would like to record here our thanks to the Friends of Cathedral Music for their generous support towards invididual tuition for choristers and lay clerks at Bradford.

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