Choral music has been at the heart of Lichfield Cathedral since medieval times, with provision made in the Cathedral Statutes for 4 Priest Vicars and 10 Lay Vicars Choral. This is essentially still the case: there are 9 singing Lay Vicars with the Director of Music as the 10th.
Formal revision in 2001 allowed for the formal inclusion of an Assistant Organist (now simply termed Organist) and 3 Choral Scholars (1 counter-tenor, 1 tenor and 1 bass). There are places for 18 choristers and 3 probationer choristers provided at Lichfield Cathedral School, with half-scholarships provided by the Cathedral, and a great deal of supplementary funding available by grant application. This gives us in total a treble line of 18, supported by 4 altos, 4 tenors and 4 basses.
The choir sings at 7 services every week during term time. There is currently one ‘dumb’ day with no sung service, and each week one evensong is provided by the Lay Vicars Choral without the Choristers, and another provided by the Choristers without the Lay Vicars Choral.
Our repertoire stretches from ancient plainsong melodies to hot-off-the-press new commissions, with the MusicShare programme (of which the choristers are an integral part) adding all sorts of folk and pop songs to our otherwise religious range!
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