P is for…Portsmouth

Today, 16 December, we are on the south cost, in Portsmouth, at the Cathedral of the Sea. View our complete Advent Calendar here The choir is having a very busy Advent. They have just sung on board HMS Victory for the Second Sea Lord’s Carol Service, and now their focus is on the four carol […]

O is for…Oxford (specifically, Magdalen College)

Today, 15 December, we are in Oxford, home to many fine choirs. We are focusing on Magdalen College, whose choir was founded in 1480. Magdalen College was then one of the largest choral foundations in late-medieval England, and this historic legacy has been preserved and maintained over five centuries. View our complete Advent Calendar here […]

N is for…Norwich

The boys, girls, lay clerks and choral scholars at Norwich Cathedral are enjoying a well-earned rest today, 14 December, after their magnificent performance in their Christmas concert last night. View our complete Advent Calendar here Norwich Cathedral Choir comprises 20 boy choristers, aged 8-13, who attend Norwich School, and 24 girl choristers aged 11-18 who […]

M is for…Middlesbrough

Today, 13 December, we are in the North East, visiting Middlesbrough Cathedral.   Music plays an important role at Middlesbrough Cathedral, which has no less than six different choirs. Middlesbrough’s choristers were in good spirits last night.  They went carol singing at a care home before the choir’s pizza party.   They have a couple of […]

L is for…Llandaff

Today, 12 December, we are in South Wales, visiting Llandaff Cathedral. Llandaff currently has 18 Boy Choristers who, with a dedicated team of Altos, Tenors and Basses take the lion’s share of the choral duties at the Cathedral. There are eight choral services a week, with the Cathedral Choir providing music at five of these. […]

K is for…King’s College, Cambridge

It’s unlikely that you have been taken by surprise by the fact that today, 11 December,  we are featuring the choir responsible for the most famous choral Christmas broadcast in the world. View our complete Advent Calendar here Did you know that this year, the first for the choir’s new Director, Daniel Hyde, will be […]

J is for…Jesus College, Cambridge

Today, Tuesday 10 December, we are off to Cambridge to visit Jesus College. View our complete Advent Calendar here Jesus College is fortunate to have two choirs: the Chapel Choir and the College Choir. The Chapel Choir comprises a back row of adults (who are generally students at the University) and boy trebles who, rather […]

I is for…The Isle of Man

‘Christmas is the best time to sing in a choir’ So says, Dominic, an 11-year-old chorister at Isle of Man Cathedral, which we are visiting today, 9 December. As far as we know Cathedral Isle of Man is not only the youngest cathedral but also the youngest cathedral choir we are featuring in our Advent […]

H is for…Hexham

Today, 8 December, we are in Northumberland, at Hexham Abbey. View our complete Advent Calendar here Did you know, Michael Haynes, the current Director of Music occupies probably the oldest recorded such post anywhere in the world?       The post was established towards the end of the seventh century, when St Acca of […]

G is for…Guildford

Today, 7 December, we are off to Surrey, to Guildford, England’s newest Anglican cathedral. Guildford’s choral foundation comprises 21 boys, 25 girls and 6 professional lay clerks. They are supported by Katherine Dienes-Williams (Organist and Director of Music), Richard Moore (Sub Organist), and William Campbell (Organ Scholar). Between them they sing 7 choral services each […]

F is for…St Martin-in-the-Fields

Did you know, there are no UK cathedrals beginning with the letter ‘F’? So, today, 6 December, we are off to Trafalgar Square to visit the vibrant church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Music has long played a central role in the life of St Martin’s, both within worship and in its busy series of lunchtime and […]

E is for…Ely

Today, 5 December, we head over to the Cambridgeshire Fens to visit the glorious Ely Cathedral, where members of the Girls’ Choir are busy preparing for their annual performance of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, during Evensong on 15 December. They are also working hard on repertoire for a Christmas concert in London. The boys are […]