Information for Visiting Choirs at Durham Cathedral
We are very grateful to the choirs who come throughout the year to help maintain the Cathedral's 1000-year-old musical tradition by singing during holiday periods, or on the Cathedral Choir's day off.
During term-times we can generally only offer Mondays to visiting choirs. During holiday periods we welcome bookings from single days up to whole weeks (Monday - Sunday), and at half-terms, one weekend is usually available for visiting choirs. Whilst Summer bookings are very much in demand, and are often made several years in advance, the Easter, post-Christmas and half-term periods are less busy, and choirs are encouraged to consider applying to come at these times instead of the summer, if possible.
The usual routine of services is as follows:
- Monday to Saturday
- Evensong at 5.15 pm
- Matins at 10.00 am
- Sung Eucharist at 11.15 am
- Evensong at 3.30 pm
Bookings are made by submitting a recent recording of the choir singing straightforward service music, which must include Psalms and Responses, in addition to any other material, to the Music Department Administrator, Mrs Katie Randle, by writing to her at The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EQ, or by emailing email@example.com. Only once an acceptable recording has been approved will a booking be made. References cannot be sent in lieu of a recording.