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Carlisle Cathedral Youth Choir

Carlisle Cathedral Youth Choir

Carlisle Cathedral Youth Choir was founded in 1997 by the former master of the music, Jeremy Suter. It has been traditionally directed by the assistant organist, who is currently Edward Taylor. The choir consists of 25 members aged between 13 and 21, many of whom are former choristers. The choir’s main role is to sing evensong every Wednesday, meeting for rehearsal at 4.15pm in preparation for the service at 5.30pm. Tea follows this with a final rehearsal until 7.15pm. They also sing three Sundays a year and several other major services including the Border Regiment Christmas Carol Service and Thanksgiving Service, the Good Friday meditation, and in previous years, the Requiem Mass on All Souls Day and the annual Judges Service. The choir also sings several concerts a year in and around Carlisle, marking the different seasons of the churches calendar. The Choir has a wide and varied repertoire of challenging music, ranging from 16th century works by Purcell and Tallis to modern day works by Howells, Mathias and Briggs. The choir has had opportunities in the past to perform more secular works such as ‘Zimbe’, a collection of African songs by Alexander L’estrange and works by the local composer, Adrian Self, all of which have been performed at the Carlisle Festival. In 2014 the choir toured Mallorca to perform four concerts. Social events are worked in to the choir's schedule each year and a trip to a theme park has become an annual event!

In 2014 the Youth Choir recorded a cd of music for choir and brass with Borders Brass.  Click here for more information.

Carlisle Cathedral Youth Choir is always on the look out for new members, the only requirements being a good voice, some musical knowledge and the ability to sight-read. If you are interested in joining or know someone who might be contact

Edward Taylor E-mail: edwardtaylor.organist@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01228 547916.