Music

Music

"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.

Events Calendar (click here for more)

17ThursdayApril
5:30pm Evening Prayer
7:30pm @ Carlisle Cathedral Maundy Thursday - Sung Eucharist and Maundy Ceremonies and Watch of the Passion

Sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: The Very Revd Peter Judd ...more

18FridayApril
7:40am Morning Prayer
12:00pm @ Carlisle Cathedral Good Friday - Meditation for Good Friday

Sung by the Youth Choir ...more

1:30pm @ Carlisle Cathedral Good Friday - The Liturgy of Good Friday

Sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: The Very Revd Peter Judd ...more

9:00pm @ Carlisle Cathedral Good Friday -The Cross of Lights

...more

19SaturdayApril
7:40am Morning Prayer
7:30pm @ Carlisle Cathedral Easter Eve - Easter Ceremonies and Confirmation

Sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: The Bishop of Penrith ...more

20SundayApril
7:40am Morning Prayer
8:00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:30am @ Carlisle Cathedral Easter Day - Sung Eucharist

Sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: The Bishop of Carlisle ...more

3:00pm Evensong

Sung by the Cathedral Choir ...more

21MondayApril
9:40am Morning Prayer
12:30pm Eucharist
5:30pm Evening Prayer
22TuesdayApril
Art Exhibition by Maryport Extended Schools Partnership
7:40am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
5:30pm Evening Prayer
23WednesdayApril
Art Exhibition by Maryport Extended Schools Partnership
7:40am Morning Prayer
12:30pm Eucharist
5:30pm Evening Prayer
24ThursdayApril
Art Exhibition by Maryport Extended Schools Partnership
7:40am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
5:30pm Evening Prayer

 

Concerts

Carlisle Cathedral is an unforgettable concert venue. The building’s superb acoustics are ideal for both choral and instrumental performances. The Cathedral is used by the annual Carlisle Festival, and there is a regular series of lunchtime recitals for most of the year. 2014 will see some excellent performances here, including The Sixteen. Follow the links in the bottom left of this page or visit the Calendar to see the current programme.

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 wendy@carlislecathedral.org.uk), 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.

Carlisle Cathedral Choir Association

The Carlisle Cathedral Choir Association unites members of all the Cathedral choirs and their families as well as interested members of the Cathedral’s congregations. Members elect a committee which runs the Association’s affairs. Social events are organised and much effort goes into raising funds to support Choir Tours and some of the extra needs of the Music Foundation. A newsletter is produced regularly to keep members informed of its activities and those of the Cathedral choirs. An Annual Meeting is held in the summer.

In 2012 the Chairman of the Carlisle Cathedral Choir Association is Mr Ian Fleming.

Hadrian Three Choirs Festival

The first ever Hadrian Three Choirs Festival was held in Carlisle on Saturday 19th October 2013.  It featured a concert of choral works by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell given by the choirs of Carlisle and Newcastle Cathedrals and Hexham Abbey.

 

 

Carlisle Cathedral Gift Shop

Click here to browse the selection of 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 wendy@carlislecathedral.org.uk

Please note we currently have no stocks of Comfort & Joy.

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 547916 or email musicadmin@carlislecathedral.org.uk