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History of the Choir

Chichester Cathedral Choir is particularly noted for the beautiful and gentle tone which it produces in the sympathetic acoustic of the Cathedral.

The statutes at Chichester provide for eighteen trebles and six lay vicars. The choristers and probationers are educated at the Prebendal School, where as well as their singing, choristers learn the piano and an orchestral instrument, spending at least eighteen hours a week on musical performance. The lay vicars are all professional singers.

On stage the Choir has appeared with artists as diverse as Petula Clark, Richard Stilgoe, the King's Singers, the Cambridge Buskers, the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and Cantabile. Television appearances have included Placido Domingo's Christmas Choice and Rumpole of the Bailey. In 1985 their recording of Cathedral Music by Geoffrey Burgon won a Critics Choice of the year Award in Gramophone Magazine.

The Choir regularly tours abroad, and in recent years has visited France, Northern Bavaria (Bamberg, Bayreuth, Nurenberg and Wurzburg), and makes frequent visits to Chartres. In Spring 2005, the Choir made a hugely successful tour to South Africa and most recently in March 2010 the Choir visited and performed in Berlin.

For more information on the Cathedral Choir please go to the Cathedral Website.