The Consort of Singers is an adult volunteer choir.
It was founded in 1997 and consists of twenty-four adult volunteer singers. The Consort normally sings about three services in the Cathedral each term and gives concerts, takes part in broadcasts and makes recordings. 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 June 2014 in the series organised by Professor John Casken at Alwinton Church, Northumberland.
The choir recorded its first CD in 2006; it has broadcast several times, on two occasions live with the Cathedral Choir and the BBC Philharmonic. Like the Cathedral Choir, it sings a wide and varied repertoire.
The 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.
Click here to download the timetable for Michaelmas Term 2016