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Worship and Music

Durham Cathedral is one of 43 cathedrals in the Church of England. It is the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the seat of the Bishop of Durham.

Our purpose is to:

  • worship God
  • share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • extend a welcome to all who come
  • celebrate and pass on our rich heritage
  • discover our place in God’s creation

Our style of worship

We worship in a style which is beautiful, formal and traditional, but also creative, human, welcoming and inclusive. We try to make taking part in our services as accessible as possible.

Many visitors may need some introduction to the words, music and customs of Anglican liturgical practice. We are here to do this.

We hope that our worship communicates something of the beauty and holiness of God. We also try to reflect the excitement and challenge of life in God’s Kingdom, and the call to discipleship.


When can I hear the choir sing?

Our choir sings eight services each week, continuing a centuries’ old tradition.

In term-time the Cathedral choir sings Evensong six times a week at 5.15pm Tuesday – Saturday and 3.30pm on Sundays.

On Sunday mornings the choir sings at a Sung Eucharist at 11.15am.