The cathedral choir, made up of sopranos, adult Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars, sings for five services each week. In addition to its liturgical duties, the choir gives concerts, broadcasts, makes recordings and tours in Northern Ireland and abroad.
The cathedral has a long history of having young choristers in its choirs. Currently, boys and girls aged 7-13 sing in the Belfast Cathedral Children's Choir. Formed in October 2019, the present choristers come from across Belfast to rehearse on Wednesday evenings and then sing during the Sunday morning Eucharist. Alongside this, the children's choir also sings at some of our major services at Christmas, Easter and other services during the year. Choristers also receive tuition in music theory.
Sadly, for much of 2020 it has not been possible to conduct Children's Choir rehearsals, and we very much look forward to welcoming all our enthusiastic choristers back in due course when it is safe to do so.
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 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Choir
The Director of Music, Matthew Owens, is always pleased to hear from prospective choristers, choral scholars and Lay Clerks. Choristers normally join the choir aged 7, but applications are welcomed from children up to age 12.
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 Director of Music 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 Director of Music is always glad to hear from prospective Lay Clerks, or singers who may wish to be considered for the Deputy list.
Anyone wishing to contact the cathedral about singing as a chorister, choral scholar or Lay Clerk should do so via email@example.com