The cathedral choir, made up of boy and girl choristers and adult Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars, sings for seven services each week. In addition to its liturgical duties, the choir gives concerts, broadcasts, makes recordings and tours in Northern Ireland and abroad.
Formed in the autumn of 2012, the girls' choir consists of 20 girls aged 11-18 from various schools in Belfast. They sing Choral Evensong on Mondays and Wednesdays and both the Eucharist and Evensong every other Sunday. Already a musically accomplished ensemble, they have broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster, recorded part of a soundtrack for the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, and toured France in the summer of 2015.
The cathedral has a long history of having boy choristers in its choirs. Currently, boys aged 6-13 sing in the cathedral choir – they rehearse and sing for services after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on alternate Sundays. They are given a free music education, including singing lessons, from highly-qualified musicians.
Hire the Choir
The cathedral choir is often asked to sing at weddings, funerals, concerts and other events, and is available for hire both in the cathedral and in other venues. To discuss the possibility of the choir singing at your event, please fill out the form below.
Join the Choir
The Organist and Master of the Choristers is always pleased to hear from prospective choristers, choral scholars and Lay Clerks. Boys normally join the choir aged 7, junior girls aged 7, and senior girls aged 11, but applications are welcomed from choristers of any age.
Each year, the cathedral choir appoints a number of Alto, Tenor and Bass Choral Scholars, and these posts are advertised here and on the Vacancies page. Informal enquiries may be directed to the Organist and Master of the Choristers at any time.
Occasionally, the cathedral has a vacancy for a singer to join its team of Lay Clerks, and these posts are also advertised here and on the Vacancies page. The Organist and Master of the Choristers is always glad to hear from prospective Lay Clerks, or singers who may wish to be considered for the Deputy list.