'MUSIC IS THE VERY SOUL OF A GREAT CHURCH' AS HECTOR BERLIOZ SAID. HERE AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL, MUSIC IS AT THE HEART OF OUR DAILY WORSHIP.

Music has been offered in worship since Biblical times; this offering is vitally important, for music has the ability to transcend words; it can inspire, excite, soothe, and heal; it can unite people of different backgrounds and nationalities, it can speak to people of all faiths and of none, and it can point the way to God.

The Cathedral Choir sings eight services per week. It has twenty girl and twenty boy Choristers and twelve men, continuing a centuries-old English tradition — indeed the choir can trace its roots back through many centuries. Concerts, recordings and broadcasts have broadened its reputation far afield, but its raison d'être remains the daily singing of choral services here in the Cathedral.