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Opening times

  • Sunday
    Closed
  • Monday to Friday
    Closed
  • Saturdays and Bank Holidays
    Closed
  • FREE ENTRY

Sixth formers, students and adults

Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars

The back row of the Cathedral Choir consists of six professional Lay Clerks and student Choral Scholars (alto, tenor and bass). Lay Clerks supplement their income in various ways. Some have moved to the North East especially to sing at Newcastle, and others commute from as far as Darlington and York to take a prestigious role in our choir.

Most Choral Scholars are studying at Newcastle University, Northumbria University, or Durham University. The Director of Music is pleased to hear from prospective Choral Scholars at the point of their university application, and voice trials can be paired with academic interviews. Please see our vacancies page for any roles presently vacant.

We have an extensive list of Lay Clerk deputies, and are always keen to hear from appropriately qualified singers that have newly moved to the area. 

Cathedral Youth Choir

Created in partnership with Northumbria University and singing Evensong on Tuesdays during term time, this is an opportunity for sixth form students across Newcastle and further afield, and university students to benefit from singing a wide repertoire to a high standard in a liturgical setting. In this its first year, much of the membership is made up of students from Newcastle University, some studying music, but others studying a range of other subjects, and we seek to continue this. It is also expected that the choir will develop further with Northumbria University’s first undergraduates studying Music in 2020 and we are striving for this choir to form part of a new and innovative Choral Scholarship scheme administered by Northumbria University.

Contact us here for more information or to organise an audition.

Cathedral Schola Cantorum

Formed in early 2017, this group offers a rare opportunity in English cathedrals, for adult sopranos and mezzo sopranos to regularly sing as part of Cathedral worship. Many of the singers are students at Newcastle University or Northumbria University, but membership is not drawn exclusively from the student population. Singing for Evensong on most Mondays during term time, an exciting and innovative repertoire is performed stretching from plainsong to pieces written especially for the choir. Schola Cantorum’s performance of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is becoming an annual highlight, and once a term, Schola Cantorum joins our Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars to sing some slightly more large-scale liturgical music. Prospective singers are required to be fluent readers of music.

Contact us here for more information or to organise an audition.