The Young People’s Choir of Blackburn Cathedral sang for us at services on Friday July 27 and Sunday July 29, and also gave a concert at lunchtime on Saturday July 28.

The Choir’s director, Shaun Turnbull, put on an excellent organ recital on the Sunday afternoon, before the Choir sang Choral Evensong at 3.30pm.

The choir was established more than 40 years ago, initially for choristers whose voices had changed.  Some years later, young ladies were admitted for the first time.  Until around 1998 the choir sang Choral Matins each Sunday morning.  The service since then has been a ‘Parish Eucharist’ which contrasts well in allowing a greater breadth of choral and congregational music and styles alongside the main Cathedral Eucharist sung later by the Boys and Men of the Cathedral Choir.

The Young People’s Choir has toured internationally and throughout the UK.  More recently, the choir travelled to Manchester to sing on the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service as well as contributing to broadcasting from Blackburn including Songs of Praise for BBC Television and Sunday Worship for BBC Radio. A recent further development of the Young People’s Choir’s schedule and repertoire is a monthly Choral Evensong.

The Young People’s Choir mini-tour to Belfast was supported by the Blackburn Cathedral Choirs’ Association.