Our Choirs

Cathedral Choir

Music has always played a vital role in the Daily Offices provided by sixteen boy choristers, six Lay Vicars, the Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music and the Organ Scholar. In 1991 Salisbury took the historic step of forming another ‘top line’, bringing young girl choristers into the Choral Foundation and choir school. Today the singing duties are divided equally between the two sets of choristers, usually singing with the men of the choir. In term-time, Evensong is sung every day with a sung Eucharist and Mattins each Sunday. In addition to maintaining the music for the Opus Dei, Salisbury Cathedral Choir regularly broadcasts, records, tours and gives concerts.

If you would like to find out more about becoming one of Salisbury Cathedral’s choristers, please follow the link below:

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Junior Choir

Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir was established in September 2007 as a further development of the Singing Together outreach initiative run by the Cathedral and Cathedral School and was originally made possible by a government grant administered by the Choir Schools Association.

The choir is non-auditioned, free to join and open to all boys and girls aged 7 to 13. Susie Lamb, Director of Music at the Cathedral School, is its charismatic and inspiring leader. She is fully supported by the Cathedral’s musicians who all act as rehearsal pianists and provide a real link with the rest of the Cathedral’s music-making.

The choir of about 40 children from throughout the Diocese meets from 11.00 to 12.00 every Saturday during term time. It has established itself as an integral part of the musical life of the Cathedral, singing in a special family and other Cathedral services and giving concerts.
For more information please contact Abigail Bray, email, phone 07929 769311.

Youth Choir

Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir was established in September 2016 as a continuation of the successful Junior Choir and as part of the Cathedral’s outreach initiative.

The choir is free to join and open to all boys and girls aged 13 to 18.

The director is Stephen Abbott, formerly of Bishop Wordworth’s School and current counter-tenor Lay Vicar in the Cathedral Choir.

The Cathedral’s Liturgy and Music Department provides administrative, practical and public relations support. The choir of around 25 teenagers come from all over the Diocese and beyond. They rehearse every Tuesday during term time from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. They regularly sing in concerts and services in Salisbury Cathedral and other venues in Salisbury, singing both sacred and secular music.

For more information please contact Abigail Bray, email, phone 07929 769311.

Chamber Choir

Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir is the Cathedral’s mixed-voice adult choir and is formed of singers who work and live around Salisbury. The choir was established in 2008 with the purpose of providing the Cathedral with a high standard of liturgical music-making in the absence of the Cathedral Choir. The group also aims to promote the Cathedral’s work and mission by performing throughout the diocese.

The Chamber Choir is a small group, performing repertoire from across the centuries in line with the liturgical requirements of the Cathedral. A strong feature of the choir’s regular liturgical repertoire is unaccompanied Renaissance music (which it often sings in a variety of alternative spaces in the Cathedral), and the traditional Sarum Chant.

In addition to deputising for and singing alongside the Cathedral Choir, the Chamber Choir has also collaborated with the Salisbury Musical Society, Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, and Charivari Agréable, as well as performing in concert further afield in the diocese.

The choir is directed by George Richford.

Visiting Choirs

Choral music is an essential part of our Christian worship at Salisbury Cathedral, and for many years we have been supported by visiting choirs when our own choirs are taking a break.

We have vacancies for single services, weekends, or week-long residencies throughout the year.  A warm welcome and the beautiful acoustics accompanied by our exceptional Father Willis organ make Salisbury Cathedral a popular venue with choirs from the UK and around the world, so we recommend contacting us as early as possibly if you would like to perform here. If you are interested in singing in the Cathedral with your choir, please email for further details or complete the form below

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Diocesan Visits

Our choristers make occasional visits to churches within the Salisbury Diocese to give concerts.  If you would like your church to be considered as a venue for one of our Diocesan concerts we welcome applicants but please be aware that there is currently a long waiting list.

Please note that the choir must be fed an evening meal prior to the concert, and petrol charges must be reimbursed; after this, any concert takings may be kept in aid of your Church.

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Music Schemes

Our music schemes provide all the information that you would need for worship at Salisbury Cathedral, including the music that is being played and the preachers leading the service.

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