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Choir

Our Choir

Lancaster Priory has a robed choir which sings choral services every Sunday as well as at weddings, civic services and concerts.

The top line is shared between a girls’ choir of 24 girls, and a boys’ choir currently numbering 15 boys. The lower parts are all sung by men, many of whom began their singing life as boys in the choir.

Two Sunday choral services are sung each week as well as Matins on the first Sunday of the month.

For major events the treble lines combine to form a full choir of some 60 singers, and at Christmas and Easter the full choir is supported by an invited orchestra.

The choir is a very friendly group that holds many social events, including trips, post-concert parties and an annual dinner at Candlemas. Many former choristers, some of whom are pursuing musical careers, return to take part both musically and socially in these events.

The church is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and The Friends of Cathedral Music

This gives members the opportunity to sing in cathedrals on Saturdays and during summer holidays.

If you are interested in joining the choir, or if you would like further information, please contact Jeremy Truslove by email or after a service in the choir vestry. Currently, we are especially looking for male altos and boy choristers.

Weekly Routine Practices

Monday 6.30 – 7.30pm – boys

Wednesday 6.30 – 8.00pm – girls

Friday 7.15 – 8.15pm – boys and men (The men continue to practise until 8.45pm)

There are occasional FULL PRACTICES on Friday, involving the girls and boys. Services Sunday 10.00am Eucharist and 6.30pm Evensong Plus Mattins at 11.30 once a month.

The boys’ and girls’ choirs take it in turns to sing the services, each group singing at least one service every week, except in the summer holidays. Major services, and concerts are sung by the full combined choirs, sometimes with an orchestra.

One of our missions is to reach out to young people and inspire them with singing and music because we’ve found that we can offer a life-changing experience for some. Youngsters are empowered with confidence and focus and also make friends and have loads of fun.

The Priory Music Department provides a real musical and character-building education to the choirboys and girls. In a structured environment, children aged between 6 and 18 from any background, race or religious affiliation (or none) are given the opportunity to broaden their general education, develop their singing abilities and where suitable, learn to play an instrument.

Singing with adults, they are encouraged to acquire social and team working skills and in the process, develop a sense of confidence and personal responsibility. With the qualities of self-reliance, discipline and commitment they acquire, it isn’t surprising that over the years some former members have gone on to distinguished careers and all are conscious of the benefits they gained.

Scholarships for musical development and training are available for exceptionally talented young people who join our choir. Please email jeremy@lancasterpriory.org for more information.