DURHAM CATHEDRAL Consort of Singers is an adult volunteer choir.


It consists of roughly twenty-four adult volunteer singers; it normally sings about four services in the cathedral during each University term.  It has broadcast on several occasions, both on its own and in conjunction with the Cathedral Choir and (twice) with the BBC Philharmonic.  While its raison d’être is the singing of the liturgy, it does on occasion appear in concert; it performed in the Cathedral with James Bowman in 2008, it appeared at The Sage Gateshead with the Cathedral Choir in 2009, and gave a concert in 2014 in the series organised by Professor John Casken at Alwinton Church, Northumberland.
 
Music has been at the heart of the Cathedral’s worship throughout its long history, with a choir of men and boys singing the daily services almost without a break since the Reformation.  The maintenance and development of the Cathedral Choir continues to be a high priority (and indeed the Cathedral Choir was expanded to include a team of girl Choristers with effect from 2009); however, increasing pressure on choir members’ time as a result of the growing number of special services in the Cathedral – coupled with a desire to make participation in the Cathedral’s musical ministry open to a greater number of musicians – led to the decision in 1997 to found the Consort of Singers.  The Consort is able to sing services at times when the Cathedral Choir is not available (for example evening Eucharists on major feast-days such as Candlemas and – when it falls on a weekday – All Saints’ Day).  While the choir is by no means composed entirely of students, it nevertheless sings only during University terms. 
 
There are currently vacancies for sopranos, altos (contralto or countertenor), tenors and basses.
 
All are welcome to apply for auditions.  While previous experience of singing in a small choir is not a prerequisite, importance is attached to vocal ability and sightreading.  There is no remuneration; successful candidates will nevertheless be expected to commit themselves at the outset to attending all rehearsals and services except in the case of the most pressing of reasons for absence.
 
Auditions for the choir consist of scales, ear tests, sight-reading and a short prepared piece of the candidate’s own choice; a copy of which should be brought along for the accompanist. Candidates wishing to audition should apply (by completing the application form below) to Mrs Rebecca Dodd, Music Administrator, The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EH (0191 374 4066; rebecca.dodd@durhamcathedral.co.uk) by Thursday 12 October at 5pm. 

To download the application form please click here
To download the Michaelmas term dates please click here.