"He who sings, prays twice." So said St Augustine. No wonder then that music has always has a hugely important place in worship. In fact it is difficult to imagine a Cathedral without music. And when words fail, as they sometimes do, singing, playing and hearing music can help us make connections and achieve understanding.

One of the Cathedral Choirs sings at the main Sunday Eucharist in term time, with the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir or a visiting choir covering many Sundays during the choir holidays. On six days a week Choral Evensong is sung by one of the Cathedral’s Choirs.


Cathedral Choir CD 2016 - see below for details


Carlisle Cathedral is an unforgettable concert venue. The building’s superb acoustics are ideal for both choral and instrumental performances.  2017 will see some excellent performances here, including The Sixteen.

The Musiclive@lunchtime series was recently featured in a short film

Arranging a concert

If you are interested in holding an evening concert the first step is to contact Wendy Murrell, the Commercial and Administration Co-ordinator (01228 548071 or email, who will advise on the various options and charges that are linked with staging an event here. The same applies if you would like to arrange to give an Informal Lunchtime Recital.

Visiting Choirs

Carlisle Cathedral welcomes visits from choirs who wish to sing when the Cathedral Choirs are unavailable. During choir terms visiting choirs can sing Evensong on Saturdays, and for all services during choir holidays.

Singing in Carlisle Cathedral is both challenging and rewarding. Choirs must be able to sing psalms, responses, settings of the canticles and anthems at Evensong, and music for the Eucharist if singing on a Sunday.

We ask choirs either to send a recent 'live' recording or to provide a reference from another Cathedral at which they have recently sung before we make a firm booking. Please contact The Music Department Administrator for further details via the main Cathedral Office on 01228 547049 or email

Cathedral Choir recordings

The Cathedral Choir's new CD, Imagined Corners, is available in the Cathedral shop.

Click here to browse the selection of earlier CD recordings of the Cathedral Choir and Organ available to buy from the Gift Shop. These can also be available by mail order. Please contact the Commercial and Administration Co-ordinator on 01228 548071 or email