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The Cathedral Carliol Choir

The Cathedral Carliol Choir

This choir consists of about thirty singers (men and women) who sing the Cathedral services on six or more Sundays a year, mostly at half term or in vacations. There is also an annual carol service for the Eden Valley Hospice and a Holy Week service. In addition, the Carliol Choir sings each year at a church in the Carlisle Diocese, recently including Crosthwaite Church (Keswick), Grasmere, Greystoke and Wetheral.

Before each event there are normally two rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. in the Song Room. A schedule for the year is normally drawn up and members are invited to sign up for the services in which they can take part. Management of the choir is in the hands of a Steering Group, of which the Secretary is Bruce Mumford.

The repertoire is designed to complement that of the other Cathedral choirs, and to provide an opportunity for enthusiastic singers to take part in cathedral worship, including “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”. Academic gowns are worn, with the Cathedral coat of arms embroidered on the left border.

The Carliol Choir is a member of the Carlisle Cathedral Choirs’ Association, and is also affiliated to the Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs.

The current Director of the Carliol Choir is Ian Hare, who is an Honorary Fellow of  Lancaster University and Cumbria Life Musician of the Year 2017.