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Truro Cathedral Music

Truro Cathedral Choir

Truro Cathedral has had a choir of boys and men since it was consecrated in 1887. The current team of eighteen boy choristers and twelve gentlemen sings at six services each week during term time as well as at the major services around Christmas and Easter. They also undertake regular concerts, broadcasts, webcasts, foreign tours and CD recordings.

In recent years the Cathedral Choir has performed live on BBC1 as well as making recordings for BBC1’s Songs of Praise programme and a BBC2 documentary The Truth about Carols shown on Christmas Day. There are regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and, in 2011, it became the first British cathedral choir to webcast a service. On Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs programme, Howard Goodall chose the Cathedral Choir’s recording of music by French composer Maurice Duruflé as his favourite disc.

The Cathedral Choir has recorded a number of CDs which have been received enthusiastically by critics across the UK and further afield. One of classical music’s most prestigious journals described Truro Cathedral Choir as “one of the best around” in its review of a recording of music by French composer Louis Vierne.

In addition to its commitments in Truro, the Cathedral Choir has performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the USA.

A great deal of new music has been written specially for Truro Cathedral Choir by some of the UK’s top composers, among them David Bednall, David Briggs, Jonathan Carne, Paul Comeau, Paul Drayton, Graham Fitkin, Howard Goodall, Gabriel Jackson, James MacMillan, Russell Pascoe, Howard Skempton and Philip Stopford.

The eighteen boy choristers rehearse every day before school for at least 45 minutes. On most weekdays they come straight from school to the Cathedral where they do their homework before rehearsing for another 40 minutes and singing a service at 5.30 pm. They sing two further services on Sundays. Follow the link on the right hand side of this page to see a short film about the choristers.

The boys are joined by twelve gentlemen who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts. Six are Lay Vicars who are based permanently here in Cornwall. Six are Choral Scholars who come from various parts of the UK and further afield to spend their gap years singing with our renowned choir. There is also an Organ Scholar. All organise their lives, work and holidays around the Cathedral Choir’s busy schedule of commitments.