Truro Cathedral has an unbroken tradition dating back to the 1880s when services took place in a wooden shed whilst John Loughborough Pearson's Gothic Revival cathedral was under construction. Today, the choir usually performs with its twelve adult professional singers, joined by either its eighteen boy Choristers or its eighteen girl Choristers.
The twelve adult professional singers comprise seven Lay Vicars (permanent members of the choir) and five Choral Scholars (pre or post university students from all over the country and further afield). The boy Choristers aged 8 to 13, are educated at Polwhele House Preparatory School, and the girl Choristers aged 13-18 are educated at Truro School. Scholarships and bursaries are available to all Choristers with the aim that selection is based purely on ability.
As well as singing at seven services each week, the choir undertakes regular concerts, broadcasts, webcasts, foreign tours, and CD recordings. In recent years the choir has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, and ITV as well as taking part in regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Recent recordings have included single-composer discs of Louis Vierne, Benjamin Britten, Philip Stopford and Gabriel Jackson. A wealth of new music has been written especially for the choir by many of the UK's leading composers.
Truro Cathedral Choir sings at the 5.30pm services most weeks during term time on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Sunday sung services are at 10.00am and 4.,00pm.