"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.


Fantasy on Carlisle - New Organ CD 2017

Classic and contemporary English organ music performed on the Cathedral's Willis organ by Edward Taylor, Assistant Organist. Copies are £11.99 and are available in the Cathedral shop. To order by post please e-mail £3.50


Carlisle Cathedral is an unforgettable concert venue. The building’s superb acoustics are ideal for both choral and instrumental performances.  2018 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 or ring 01228 548151 to find out about 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.

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 office on 01228 548151 or email