Choir

Girls 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 and choral scholars. 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 Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Peterbrough, Portsmouth and Oxford. In May 2019 we are touring Germany. The Choir has recently broadcast on national radio and television, including Sunday Half Hour, Sunday Worship, BBC Songs of Praise and Premier Radio.

The choir is trained and conducted by Alexander Berry, Organist & Director of Music.

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

 


Join the Choir

Boys Choir.

The choir is a lively, enthusiastic, and friendly group which fosters a great sense of teamwork. Having a son or daughter who is a chorister is a commitment for the whole family but there are great rewards.

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.

  • 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 Radio.

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

When does the choir sing?

We recuit boys and girls from to join our choirs in the Spring Term. The music department visits primary schools across Bradford, giving music workshops and offering golden tickets to children with musical potential. The golden tickets invite them to come to the cathedral for a special morning of singing, where they can find out whether they'd like to join the choir. 

Boys and girls start off as Saturday Singers, meeting most Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am. The Saturday Singers are led by Ruth Hutton-Searle, and take part in at least two services/concerts each term. 

When Saturday Singers are ready, they are invited to become 'probationers', and begin to attend choir practices with our full choristers. The chorister life is a significant commitment for the whole family, so we expect the highest levels of attendance to ensure your child is able to benefit fully from all that is on offer.

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 and the Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation for the financial support they give to the cathedral's music programme.

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 (01274 777720/07507 456741).